A Machine For Living In is a digital media installation using smart technologies to explore the home as a site of intimate life. Incorporating video, sound, and sculpture, the project showcases machine observers and their memories of from within the artist’s home. Inspired by speculative science fiction and smart home technologies, this installation explores narratives of human-machine cohabitation. What emerges is a contemporary portrait of the everyday.
Exhibition: August 28 – October 13th, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm.
My new project, The Serious Business of Children is showing at Gallery 4Culture for October 2015.
Robert Twomey’s room-scale mechatronic installation, The Serious Business of Children, examines issues of meaning and expression from the oblique angle of children’s pre-language. Twomey populates his room with a number of speaking, listening, and drawing machines that communicate with one another using synthesized voices and drawings in a process of continuous translation from word to image. Audio recordings and children’s drawings are the raw material of the system. They are analyzed by computer and re-synthesized by machines. The project uses children’s early expressions as protolanguage, unintelligible in any conventional sense, but communicative in other registers.
Robert Twomey’s project was inspired by the notable American philosopher John Rogers Searle. Searle, whose expertise was in the philosophy of language, developed the “Chinese room” argument to challenge the popular idea called “strong” artificial intelligence, that it’s possible for a computer running a program to have a “mind” or “consciousness” (think Hal in 2001).
I’ve built the control system for Ann Hamilton’s Bullroarer installation at the Henry Gallery. This piece, with 21 independent mechatronic sound makers, is installed in the main space of the Museum for her show, Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E, opening October 11th 2014.
I’ve helped organize an event at the Burke Museum on October 4th, The Big Draw, which will feature my Convex Mirror drawing machine as well as a number of NeoLucidas. Come by the Museum and draw; by hand, with the neolucida, or check out the drawing machine.