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This interactive moving sculpture hanging on the ceiling moves in the air slowly as if a jellyfish swims in the deep sea. Encouraging multi-user interaction, people touch the tentacle of the jellyfish and its colour changes to rainbow colours as a signal of friendliness.

Recently, artificial intelligence technology has been developing rapidly in the field of robotics. Some experts have been warning about a terrifying future for humanity with intelligent and evil machine creatures. At the same time, people who work with robots can develop empathy towards them. Some projects such as – Pepper the first humanoid robot with emotions – can actually empathize with humans and care about their emotions. This work was inspired by these developments.

Deep Sea Jellyfish is an experiment which represents a magical luminescent jellyfish in the deep sea, breathing, swimming and reacting to external stimulation. Using advanced electronic techniques combined with more traditional motors and pulleys, Deep Sea Jellyfish is brought to life flashing it’s glowing LED’s when a tentacle is touched.

This work represents how we as humans can feel empathy for an unfamiliar machine-creature through familiar gestures like breathing, touching and viewing an emotional response to stimuli in the form of dancing lights.

인간과 교감하는 기계생명체

해파리에서 영감을 얻은 로봇은 관객이 가까이 다가가면 헤엄치던 속도를 줄이고 촉수를 만지면 몸통의 색이 변하며 환영의 표시를 한다. 완전히 다른 종, 혹은 기계-생명체와 인간의 교감에 관해 탐구하는 첫번째 작업으로, 기괴한 모터 소리와 부자연스러운 움직임에서 오는 이질감과 해파리라는 익숙한듯 익숙하지 않은 형체, 그리고 미묘하게 변하는 움직임 속도와 색깔 변화 등에 의해 기계와 인간이 상호작용하게 되는 상황을 그려 보았다.

September 2015 St. James Church Hatcham in New Cross, London.

 

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Process

Initial sketch

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Final sketch & installation

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Body making process

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Tentacle making process

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Body movement test(inflating deflating)

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Installation on the site

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Showcase

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