Human-Robot Interaction in a Contemporary Arts Setting

Fish-Bird: Human-Robot Interaction in a Contemporary Arts Setting

David Rye, Mari Velonaki, Stefan Williams and Steven Scheding

ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems

Australian Centre for Field Robotics

The University of Sydney 2006, Australia

{d.rye | m.velonaki | s.williams | s.scheding}@acfr.usyd.edu.au

Abstract

This paper presents Fish-Bird, an interactive

kinetic artwork in which two robots in the form

of wheelchairs communicate with their audience,

and with each other, through movement

and written text. The artistic concept and the

constituent ideological and physical elements of

the artwork are described, together with the

hardware and system architecture that is used

to realise the installation. Observation of interactions

between the robots and human participants

during three exhibitions suggests that

an engaging interface can be created even from

elements that may initially be perceived as uninviting,

and remarkably consists only of movement

and text.

 

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