In collaboration with Gustavo Crembil
Distributed Robotic Installation (2014/on-going)
Variable materials and dimensions
Mestizo Robotics is an art project comprised by community of autonomous robotic agents distributed throughout Latin America. The project was conceived with the purpose of designing tactics for understanding how technology is embodied and assimilated in Latin America, but also to envision the emergence of a situated, embodied, and enactive paradigm for the creation of artificial life forms.
Employing a combination of high-and-low technologies Mestizo Robotics is an artistic attempt to deconstruct the system of art, crafts, and technologies upon which the modern/colonial world was built, and to restore different decolonial local histories, designs, and materialities. The goal is to “decolonize robotics” and to better understand how ideas about difference are also enacted and distributed in the performance of technoscience.
Mestizo Robotics was conceived by architect Gustavo Crembil and artist Paula Gaetano Adi as an open platform for adaptations and negotiations of western technologies to the local knowledges and resources of different Latin-American makers. The project is a hybrid, conceived with the purpose of creating the first authentic community of ‘mestizo robots’, but also is an open-call to other artists, designers, and enthusiasts living and working in Latin America to make their own mestizo technocreatures.
MORE INFO: http://www.mestizorobotics.org
The first series of Mestizo Robots were finished in the spring of 2016, as part of the Art_X@Rensselaer Initiative. The robots were developed by students from the schools of Architecture and Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and funded by EMPAC and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.
The installation is comprised by 3 spherical robots (43″ diam. each) constructed in wood and fired clay, with an internal robotic pendulum system.
Exhibition at Experimental and Performing Art Center, RPI.
RPI students’ testing the robotic pendulum system with an early spherical prototype.
Development of the wooden icosahedron stucture and the clay tiles (each sphere uses 60 terracotta tiles).
Internal pendulum system: 2 custom-made servo motors and electronics.
Laboratorio de Arte Electrónico e Inteligencia Artificial, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero
Núcleo de Arte e Novos Organismos, Escola de Belas Artes, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Rhode Island School of Design
Rensselear Polytechinc Institute
*Yellow dots: Looking for local partners
Mestizo robot in progress at the Nano Lab/UFRJ, Brazil.
Mestizo robot in progress at UNTREF, Argentina.