Kuka robotics has shown his interest in art on more than one occasion, this time he participated in an immersive digital art project where there were two collaborators KUKA KR CYBERTECH. appearing at the M’ARS contemporary art center with the SENSOR project by the artist and designer Maxim Silenkov.
Presented a work where one of the main pieces was the installation of a reactor that interacted with the public in real time.
This project is dedicated to investigating the impact of technology on art and human perception. The exhibition includes three audiovisual installations in which the artist Dmitry Mvsaidov ((Two and a half art group), Ilya Solodkov (SENSE), Alexei Leontyev (SENSE) and the musician PIXELORD participated. With the help of the “integral installation” style , whose founder is Ilya Kabakov, the main representative of Russian conceptualism, SENSOR allows each visitor to have a unique experience by interacting with the artwork and the environment created by it.
The exhibition space is divided into several levels: reactor, beam, pulse. Each component of the project interacts with the environment and is a complex mathematical function. These objects react to each person individually and change according to the number of people nearby. Unique sound effects greatly affect visitors.
The “Reactor” level is an automated audiovisual complex that uses Kuka industrial robots. The installation is an applied composition of art and robotics. At this level the environment changes when it comes into contact with a person: the cars start to move, the soundscape changes.
The “Beam” level is an interactive device that includes fluorescent lights and starters, ballasts, motion detectors, and sound equipment. The entire exhibition hall is made up of huge balls of light, which is a kind of technical “sunlight” that can react to visitors. It is the movement of humans that triggers the creation of three-dimensional visual forms and fills the space with sound sculptures.
The “pulse” level is a multilayer vision device activated by a sensor that reads the person’s heartbeat. These devices visualize the visitor’s heartbeat by initiating an experimental session to capture the visitor’s heart rate. This process drives a diode filament with a spatial composition.
Kuka robotics not only supplied the robots for this creative project, it was also the general partner. The company has shown great interest in these types of artistic projects. Examples include master classes on creating complex architectural installations from biocomposites at the Strelka Institute’s “Architect of the Future” conference and performances by KUKA robots as DJ with world-famous experimental musician Nigel Stanford.
This is another sample of contemporary art in combination with digital and robotic technology that allow interaction and reaction in the presence of a public.