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September 25, 2005

trust and shared intimacy


love with technical difficulties

Opened September 22 at Artspace in Sydney Australia, Fish-Bird Circle B-Movement C is an interactive installation by Mari Velonaki exploring human computer interface through interaction with kinetic objects. The Fish-Bird project utilises wheelchairs personifying a fish and a bird that fall in love but can't be together due to "technical difficulties".

Wheelchairs equipped with robotic arms enable fish and bird to communicate through writing. Each wheelchair writes in a distinctive cursive font that reflects its “personality”. The written messages are subdivided into two categories: personal messages communicated between the two robots, and messages written by a robot to a human participant. Personal messages are selected from fragments of love-letters offered by friends, from the poetry of Anna Akhmatova, and from text composed by Velonaki.

The audience internalises the characters through observation of the words and movements that flow between the characters, and between the characters and the audience, in response to audience behaviour. Through movement and text the artwork creates the sense of a person, and allows an audience to experience that person through the perception of what is not present.

Posted by michelle at September 25, 2005 12:43 AM