Artists / TOM SHERMAN (CA/US)

LEARNING TO SEE THE LABORATORY WHERE THE ROBOT IS PROGRAMMED TO WORK

Video Installation
Photo: Tom Sherman

 

Learning to see the laboratory where the robot is programmed to work was recorded at the National Research Laboratories in Ottawa in 1988. Tom Sherman directed control engineer George Hollinworth to program a Unimation PUMA robot to describe the laboratory environment it was stationed in. The PUMA robot makes Sherman’s perception of the laboratory concrete through a video camcorder. The video document articulates Sherman’s experience/description of the laboratory as it is refined over a three-day experimental session. Approximately three hours of recordings were analyzed and edited by Sherman into the finished 16 minute 26 second video loop in 2016.

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