Where's the Chicken? A Locative Robotics Performance
The project is locative robotics public artwork which embodies public interactions, collaborative narrative, automata system and mobile technology. The artwork constructs a narrative performance which cooperates between the robot, cultural specific locations and the public participations. The chicken robot is a life form mechanical automata, which overthrows its own definition and its general perception. In Where’s The Chicken?, a “better” kind of chicken, a chicken robot which will not spread any diseases, a role model of “well-behaved chicken”, will be shown publicly. It framed the question of how we extend the medium and ourselves, history and culture, meanwhile, share the same time-space with us and highly cultural- and location-specific.
The artwork itself is not simply a simulation of the reality, it should originate from our everyday perception of reality and through an aesthetic system, the perception will be twisted, altered and transformed. Audience will contribute actively to the construction of the artwork through their interactivity and creativity with the new scenarios, structures and interfaces. It is a transformation, it embodies in-the-edge of chaos, constituting a sense of evolving. Its importance is that it stimulates changes in ourselves, transforming aspects of mind and behavior, bringing forth perception of our presence, altering the protocol of the senses and spaces.
Keywords: Locative Robotics, Public Artwork, Public Interactions, Collaborative Narrative, Automata System, Mobile Technology, Location Specific
On Ni Wan
PhD Candidate, Center For Digital Arts & Experimental Media, University of Washington