My Robot Companion

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.

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