The Love the Robots show began initial development by Kirsty Boyle in 2010.
Love the Robots is a showcase combining performance/informal presentation, exhibition, workshop and discussion centered around the theme of robots, contemporary art, culture and society. The hybrid format combines practice and theory, serving as a catalyst for a network of collaborations and contacts among local and international artists and audiences. Each show is presented live and streamed online via this website.
The Love the Robots show encourages diverse creative approaches to the process, production, presentation and practice of contemporary robotic arts, audience engagement and community building.
12 March 2010: Dock18, Rote Fabrik, Zurich
15 January 2012: The Edge Digital Culture Center, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
23 November 2012: Rote Fabrik, Zurich
The exhibition abstraction contraption explores the world of robots and machines in contemporary art. It forms a part of the Love the Robots Show.
Robots have functioned as idols, toys and cult objects through the ages across almost every culture of the world. Daydreams of machines inform the invention of devices which sense, process and perform in the world around us.
As images created by humans, as well as facsimiles of life, robots simulate our actions – and mirror our imagination. As replicating machines, they stage opportunities for projections of wholeness and fantasies of fragmentation. When contemplation, speculation and engineering intersect, robots are born.
Thinking beyond the utilitarian functions of mechanical devices, artists are exploring our fascination with robotics and critiquing the role of science in society. The practice, often in a DIY, bespoke fashion, has given rise to a new form of creative practice, one that is as grounded in the questioning of technology as it is inspired by its possibilities to entrance.
abstraction contraption provides an overview of different projects realised both regionally, nationally and internationally. The majority of the projects are primarily presented as screen based works, highlighting the abstraction of projected images of the machinic.
The robot as a projected image mutates from detached appliance to an incarnation of obsession. The creation of such intermediary artifacts in turn reveals the playful and idealistic urges within our own human nature.
— Igor Štromajer & Brane Zorman: Ballettikka Internettikka
Mari Velonaki, Natalie Jeremijenko, Erika Lincoln, Niki Passath, Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum, Michael Candy, Kuuki (Gavin Sade and Priscilla Bracks), Kristoffer Myskja, Petra Gemeinboeck and Rob Saunders, John Tonkin, France Cadet, Ballettikka Internettikka (Igor Štromajer and Brane Zorman), Varvara Guljajeva + Mar Canet, Flight Assembled Architecture (Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Raffaello D’Andrea), Sputniko!, Kirsty Boyle