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Child in the Wild
Child in the Wild brought audiences to the front line of advances in Human-Computer Interaction as spectators joined the artists in their contemplations – connecting with the Robot Child and allowing for considered, speculative and meaningful exchange. ArtScience Museum - Singapore
Child in the Wild is an interactive installation where a child-sized robot interacts with visitors to the venue, be it a gallery, studio or foyer space. Participants are invited to approach our Child Robot – unassumingly sitting in a child’s stroller – and show it pictures on their mobile device. Using image recognition and deep learning artificial neural networks running on an embedded computer, Child Robot recognises and converses about these images. Child Robot's perception of the world is represented through projections onto the surrounding gallery walls and via surround sound to create a deeply immersive experience. The projections and soundscape are expressions of Child Robot's inner state as it interacts with, and learns from, human visitors. Child in the Wild takes a sophisticated hacker approach to the development and production of the artwork. It is an artwork and aesthetic that emerges from the interaction between robot, people and the virtual environment, neither one taking precedence, rather collaborating on a genuinely post-digital, post-convergent artwork.
History & background
Wild System develop AI-driven collaborations between virtual environments and robots, informed by creative digital practice. John McCormick is a pioneer of motion capture and telematic dance and founding member of Company In Space and Dancehouse. Adam Nash is regarded as one of the most innovative artists working in digital art, with works shown at peak festivals ZERO1SJ, SIGGRAPH and The Venice Biennale. To date their work has been presented primarily in the international arena but as Victoria-based artists they are passionate about sharing their work and practice with local audiences and artists.
Marketing selling points
- A free performance and accessible to all ages. - Employing cutting-edge technology and software systems, the work specifically appeals to hard-to-reach youth audiences who can be intrigued by a hacker aesthetic. - The project is founded in thorough academic research and ongoing explorations in AI, but is fused with popular culture memes, immersive projection, music and humour. - Child in the Wild offers broad marketing and publicity angles, spanning the internet, art, technology, new media, education and of course, robots. Everybody loves a robot!
Key audience and marketing notes
Child in the Wild is relevant to all of us who are touched by the digital age. Younger visitors enjoy interacting with the Robot Child, showing it images and trying to get the robot to make silly mistakes. Adults and older visitors enjoy interacting with a thoughtful implementation of artificial intelligence and robotics that creates an interesting audio-visual experience whilst gently questioning our assumptions about knowledge and intelligence. The work is particularly suitable for family groups to interact with together.
Community Engagement activities
Wild System can offer workshops tailored to suit different audiences, for example, educators, local artists, school groups or people interested in exploring simple robotics or experimenting with artificial intelligence from a beginner’s perspective.
What is this?
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|Theatre formats||Black Box, Gallery Space or Studio with a flat floor is preferred, however the installation is highly adaptable to most indoor settings.|
|Bump in (hours)||8|
|Bump out (hours)||2|
The installation works best in a low light environment with one special for the Robot Child. Depending on the resources of the venue, different scenarios for projection can be explored.
Ideally a 5.1 surround system for playback of the generative audio track. However, depending on the resources of the venue, the audio can at a minimum be played on good quality stereo powered speakers.
Flat floor space for audience and installation. 4 x 4m minimum.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 4||Height: 0|
|Depth: 4||Wing space: 0|
Large sedan for all gear and 2 touring personnel. Production can travel by plane.