QUT (2017) Kelvin Grove AU

Visiting Artist Researcher

Sarah Jane Pell, Jaymis Loveday, Charles Henden

Queensland University of Technology QUT Robotronica and Ars Electronica Futures Lab

Fiction is fast becoming fact as engineers, technologists, scientists and artists take steps to make artificial intelligence (AI) a reality. Inventor Elon Musk warns of a dystopian future where AI may supersede us. What could a future reality with robots look like, and how can art and design influence this outcome?

The culmination of the creative residency led to two Robotronica 2007 performances of the newly-devised mixed-reality keynote 'The Agency of Human-Robotic Lunatics'. Dr. Pell used the Cinema Swarm technology in a her keynote talk to demonstrate how creativity may be leveraged in the extreme natural and technologically mediated environments of space. Pell emulated the strange movements of weightless walking. The art researcher was tracked by the machine as she moved across the stage, a simulated space suit projected on the screen behind her mirroring her movements.

QUT Creative Industries Public Outcomes

Immerse 2017 Sunshine Coast Promo

Immerse 2017, Sunshine Coast AU
Mixed & Virtual Reality Conference, 11 Nov 2017

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QUT Brisbane Facebook Live, AU
The Agency of Human-Robotic Lunatics, 20 Aug 2017

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Robotronica Promo

Robotronica 2017, AU
Queensland University of Technology, 20 Aug 2017

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QUT Tech Showcase Promo

QUT Tech Showcase 2017, AU
Queensland University of Technology, 19 Aug 2017

Morningside State School

Youth Outreach, AU
Morningside State School, 14 August 2017

QUT Creative Industries Logo

Creative Industries Faculty Seminar 2017, AU
The Glasshouse, QUT Kelvin Grove, 11 Aug 2017

Media Interviews

Face to Face with Artificial Intelligence By Grace Kirk, No WALLS
Bots + Brisbane = brilliant day out! QUT Science and Engineering, 21 August 2017

Robotronica attracted media before, during and after, including ABC TV and ABC Online, Radio Australia, ABC Radio Brisbane, Radio National’s Future Tense, ABC TV Weekend Breakfast, 10 News, AAP, 7 News, Sky News, 9 News, Gizmodo, Must Do Brisbane, Weekend Notes, The Australian’s High Wired, Brisbane Times and Fairfax nationally, NZ Herald, Cairns Post, NT News, Public Now and Fiji Times. Robotronica trended on social media all Sunday, and was turned into Twitter Moments in Australia, Canada, UK and by Gizmodo. QUT’s Facebook Live events of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision contingent, Australian Robowars Championship and Dr Sarah Jane Pell reached a combined audience of 420,000.

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