Robot Clothes

Start Date: 
19 Nov 2005
Hours: 
12:00PM-6:00PM
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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Automated Biography

During their residency at Eyebeam the artists collaborative Robot Clothes, comprised of James Powderly and Michelle Kempner, developed Inside Out Life Story, an artwork that combines robotics, art music, theatrical sets, animated toys and artificial intelligence to tell their personal story about a sick person and their partner, life in the hospital and the process of shifting back and forth between two disparate worlds. Elements of the robotics and sets will be on view and an ancillary panel – Automated Biography - bringing together the DIY super stars from all walks of life will take place Nov. 19, 12-6m. The panel is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.

 
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Michelle Kempner is a professional software engineer in New York City. At Eyebeam, Michelle collaborated with James Powderly, creating robotic art as Robot Clothes. They exhibited Wildflower Meadow Glacier robot at the 2004 Artbots. Their collaboration, Inside Out Life Story, an animatronic song cycle based on their experiences in 2004 when they not only got married, but also dealt with a series of hospitalizations and surgeries.

Michelle has a BA in Media Theory and a Master's in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University. Michelle's projects include real-time video effects rendered in Java, a networked computer vision installation, and a wearables R & D project for a Fortune 100 company. Her work is influenced by television, Alexander Calder, literature and knitting.

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Inside Out Life Story

Inside Out Life Story
Inside Out Life Story (IOLS) is an artwork that combines robotics, art music, theatrical sets, animated toys and artificial intelligence to tell the story of our 2004: the year we got married, a year of endless war, the elections, robots on Mars and of course the year of our first colostomy bag. Inside Out is a story about a sick person and their partner, life in the hospital and the process of shifting back and forth between two disparate worlds. Our miniature robotic self-portraits, along with a cast of bio-inspired mechatronic characters, will attempt to convey, with synchronized narratives, music and animations, the terrifying and hilarious world that appears after visiting hours.

Inside Out Life Story (IOLS) blog.

Project Created: 
January 2005
 
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