HUMAN+: My Robot Companion Video

July 11th, 2011

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An interview with Alex May (Quadratura) and Dr Mick Walkers (University of Hertfordshire) at the Science Gallery in Dublin where we exhibited “My Robot Companion”.

“My Robot Companion” has just won an award (joint first prize) for public understanding of artificial intelligence from the AISB.

My Robot Companion

April 12th, 2011

Science Gallery’s latest flagship exhibition HUMAN+ will invite you to consider a future of augmented abilities, authored evolution, new strategies for survival and non-human encounters through a range of installations and laboratories exploring the future of our species. The exhibition opens at Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, on April 15th and runs until June 2011.

This major international exhibition draws together a range of installations ranging from a euthanasia roller coaster to the prosthetic head of Australian performance artist Stelarc. HUMAN+ also includes a children’s book illustrating the question on where babies come from in the IVF era to a vision of eternal life through digital means. It also features artist Eduardo Kac’s “plantimal” called the Edunia – a hybrid plant which includes the artists own DNA. HUMAN+ paints a somewhat ambiguous picture of the future of our species. What enhancements will we choose to become better humans? What happens when we live side by side with our robotic companions? How can we author our genetic futures? Find out at HUMAN+

“My Robot Companion” by Alex May (Quadratura Ltd), Anna Dumitriu, Dr Mick Walters and Prof Kerstin Dautenhahn has been commissioned as part of this exhibition and features a series of provocative heads for humanoid robots that consider the various roles they might undertake and the ethical implications of that. The project stems from Dumitriu and May’s artists residencies at The University of Hertfordshire’s Adaptive Systems Research Group.

Kinetica Videos

February 23rd, 2011

Four videos from Kinetica are now online and viewable on our Kinetica 2011 project page.

Kinetica 2011

January 25th, 2011

Kinetica Art FairQuadratura is exhibiting at Kinetica 2011 in London.

3 Feb. Private View Launch. 6.00pm – 9.30pm
4 Feb. 10am – 8pm
5 Feb. 10am – 8pm
6 Feb. 11am – 6pm

You can buy tickets on-line for the Private View and/or day tickets at TicketWeb

Canon Expo, Paris: The Recyclowave

October 8th, 2010

Canon RecyclowaveWe were in Paris this week setting up for the Canon Expo that is taking place at the Grande Halle de la Villette, 12th-14th of October 2010.  Quadratura were commissioned to create the video content and employ our advanced video mapping techniques to the ‘Recyclowave’, a 4m tall sculpture designed by Russell Beck and Isabel Munoz-Newsome.

The installation is an art interpretation of Canon’s commitment and process of recycling their products.

There is a gallery of images on the Recyclowave project page.

Monotone Symphony reviewed by ATTN magazine

June 10th, 2010

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Our interpretation of Yves Klein’s Monotone Symphony, that we debuted earlier this year, has been reviewed by ATTN Magazine.

“…the original concept behind Klein’s work has been kept very much intact.

In fact, it is arguable that this new technology has allowed for Klein’s concept to be more vividly realised. As the dancers spin and leap, their outlines form a radiant blue glow on the projection screen behind them, which remains in place for mere seconds before melting into nothing.

…Quadratura demonstrated a deep understanding of Klein’s work and delivered a beautiful and unforgettable snapshot of infinity.”

ATTN Magazine reviews Quadratura’s Monotone Symphony

Monotone Symphony on UbuWeb

June 10th, 2010

The highly prestigious sound archive UbuWeb has added the Monotone Symphony to its collection.
http://www.ubu.com/sound/klein.html

UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts.

For more information and to see the Monotone Symphony click here

994,138 An installation for Artificial Light

April 21st, 2010

Bournemouth MonumentWe will be presenting a poignant installation, reflecting on those who died during the First World War, on the war memorial in Bournemouth’s Central Gardens on Saturday 24th April as part of the Artificial Light exhibition organised by LumenOrtis.

For video, photos, and further information, click here

Software tools for real-time audio/video artists

April 13th, 2010

As part of our creative process we end up developing a lot of ‘unique’ software in-house to facilitate our continuing exploration into art and technology.

While most of this software usually ends up being integrated into PatchBox, our multi-screen, 3D video mapping system, we occasionally end up with an application that we feel would benefit a wider audience.

Last year we released AudioBoxBaby, a real-time tempo analysis and detection utility for automatically synchronising VJ software to live music.

VidSeq is a work in progress, exploring the idea of creating complex video looping meta data, even down to frame accurate cueing within individual clips.

We have strongly supported the FreeFrame video plug-in standard for many years and last month saw the release of three new FFGL plugins.

Most recently we released MIDIloop, another real-time tool that can record and playback loops of MIDI automation data synchronised to an external MIDI clock or a beat tapped out via a MIDI controller.

Chasing Shadows at Solo in Azione Video

April 12th, 2010

Chasing ShadowsOur video ‘Chasing Shadows’ is being show as part of ‘Solo in Azione Video’ in Milan this month:

“We present Only in Action Video, video art exhibition, to be held in Milan in the twelfth week of culture, 16 to 25 April.

The inauguration will take place Friday, April 16 from 19.00.

The exhibition will remain open until April 25, daily from 17.00 to 20.00 at Studio28, in Moretto da Brescia 28.

On our site, www.perypezyeurbane.org, are the names of the artists on display.”