Laboratoria is taking part in the non-commercial program of the International Contemporary Art Fair COSMOSCOW 2016! From 9 to 11 September we look forward to see you at our booth - D2.
This year specially for Cosmoscow we bring you from Singapore “BLIND ROBOT”, the interactive robotic installation by Louis-Philippe Demers. You are invited to sit in front of this machine and engage into a non-verbal dialogue with it while the robot delicately explores your face in a manner reminiscent of what the blind people do. Are you ready to trust the mechanical touch and what will it make you feel?
This experimental investigation of body intelligence and embodiment on the verge of robotics and social modelling aims to understanding of the degrees of engagement between a human and a robot.
Louis-Philippe Demers is a multidisciplinary artist using machines as media. He worked on the conception and production of several large-scale interactive robotic installations, so far realizing more than 225 machines. His robotics works could be found in theatre, opera, subway stations, art museums, science museums, music events and trade shows. As a freelance designer, he develops, conceives and realizes interactive systems.
Demers participated in more than seventy artistic and stage productions while collaborating with recognised artists such as: Bill Vorn, Christian Möller, Stelarc, Robert Lepage, Peter Gabriel and Le Cirque du Soleil. His works have been primed with several prizes and featured at major international venues such as Lille 2004, Expo 92, Expo 2000, Sonambiente, ISEA, SIGGRAPH and Sonar. He received three Interactive Kunst prizes Ars Electronica (Distinction 96) and one honourable mention in digital musics in 2005. He received the first prize of artificial life Vida2.0 and the prize for Interactive Lighting at Lightforms 98. His latest work, Devolution, received six prizes in 2006 including the Ruby Innovation award in South Australia, Outstanding Performance from Australian Dance Awards and two Helpmann Awards, the Australian equivalent of the Broadway’s Tony.