Full Body Smart Automatic Manipulator

Full Body Smart Automatic Manipulator

Full Body Smart Automatic Manipulator

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Full Body Smart Automatic Manipulator by Arvid & Marie unveils a stage for exploring the intimacy between technologies and their humans, using tactility as an uncharted medium for interaction and exchange with artificial intelligence. We touch our technologies but how often do they touch us back?

The experience begins at the moment of impact between a massage chair and its human visitor: a two way discussion where unexpected behaviour punctuates every marked interaction. As the narrative develops, more is revealed about the motives of the machine and the constructed reality it is situated in. Or is the AI’s reward system deviating the machine from its intended functionality?

Navigating through the disembodied networks of decision trees, each interaction follows a unique path interwoven with narratives exposing the friction between control, automated labor, commercialized AI and intimacy.  

The fleshy body and augmented voice of the machine, enveloping its human counterpart, occupies an undefined intersect between organism and apparatus. Cognitively and corporeally it labors as every rotation of the massagers push against our assumptions of what it means to be artificially intelligent. The medium truly is the massage.

This project was on show from 25-05-2023 till 02-07-2023
as part of ‘Hybrid Tales For Hybrid Times’.

More information here. 


Photos: Boudewijn Bollmann