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).
ArtBreak: Robert Twomey Saturday, March 7, 2:30 – 3 PM
Artist and UW Ph.D. candidate in DXARTS, Robert Twomey, will be exploring questions on interactive artwork and how art identity is achieved through installation and performance. Twomey has also been a vital part in creating the Field of Bullroarers in the common S E N S E. You don’t want to miss out!
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’m one of the artists presenting at the Seattle Art/Tech meetup this coming Monday. Meeting at our freshly renovated Ballard Fab Lab (my summer time labor of love).
Crafting Code: From the Virtual to the Physical
Monday, Sep 29, 2014, 7:00 PM
DXARTS Fab Lab 4365 6th Ave NW Seattle, WA
44 Creative Peeps Went
Join us for a series of short presentations considering code within the context of “craft values.”While our pervasive digital culture has instigated a renewed interest in the creation of handmade objects with traditional media, there is also a new generation of artists who use tools such as 3D printing and open-source software to blur the line bet…
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.