Audience members must have found it jarring when small-automated robots started hammering their way through a gallery wall at the UK Foundation for Art and Creative Technology. ‘Accomplice’ co-created by Petra Gemeinboeck and Rob Saunders features robots with logic circuits programmed to seek out new stimulus.
After hammering peepholes though the wall the robots’ destructive curiosity was satisfied by observing the human audience. Thus, ‘Accomplice’ created an interesting scenario where the art and the audience observe and adapt to each other.
Stemming out of a residency in Linz, Austria ‘Accomplice’ examines the two-sided nature of the human-technology relationship: the two necessarily shape each other’s experiences. It also recognizes online galleries, stores and social networks’ ability to breakdown the physical barriers of place.
Check out the robots in action below!