The Robotics Workshop organized in collaboration with Time’s Up took place in April/May and was investigating the many possibilities for motion, control and machines. With a core theme of kinetic energy, the workshop encouraged a broad an experimental approach to the building of devices, systems and experiments.
Energy is on everyone’s lips, from conservation to clean, from personal to mystical. This year’s Robotics Workshop deals with many forms of energy, the senseful and senseless conversion of one form into another, the confrontation of matter with motion, mass with energy, intent with randomness. Through the frustrations of intended movement, perturbations arise and new cycles of energy emerge. Bottle boats bashing against the wind, a reduced machine of unnecessary complexity, scholarly analyses of movement and control, the Zen of shaking; the workshop produces unusual and strange machines with the oddity of energy expended.