Three kinetic sculptures explore relationships between circularity/co-opting/recycling and linearity/polarization/binariness, and how personal agency or positionality intersects with these linked mechanics. They reflect the operation of many large systems, frameworks and conversations, e.g., the relationship between the DIY ethos and capitalism, between the political far left and far right, and among nested systems such as science operating within law (operating within politics). Kinetic sculptures: Wood, acrylic, glue, rice, toothpicks, metal hardware (screws, washers, nuts), tape, paint, felt, Arduinos, breadboards, gearbox motors, jumper wires, switches, knobs, power cables.
Combat Trauma Bag
Lorenzo Picarazzi, ITALY
The video narrates a typical day in a metalworking factory, from the point of view of the machinery. From the first light of dawn until the time of cleaning, the rhythm of the music moves the machinery at will, creating a harmony in which the background noise is eliminated by the particularity of the music. The main roles in this video clip are the framed machines; I tried to eliminate the focus on the man as much as possible, to emphasize the rhythm of the machinery linked to the music of the piece. The project from ‘CTB’, a bonus track from AKA’s first album (AKA, Auand, 2019). The tracks that make up the track were entrusted to different musicians active in different contexts of electronic music. The starting point was always the same: to create a new track from the different tracks that make up ‘CTB’, without any pre-established direction other than that suggested by the track itself. These tracks resulted in four videos, Combat Trauma Bag being the first in this series. The disc containing the video track is entitled CTB, Few Hypotheses and is the result of a collaboration between AKA and various musicians from the electronic scene. It stems from the desire to explore the sonic (and visual) possibilities that emerge when a work of art is opened up, returned to its constituent elements and then assembled in different ways, times and spaces.
Pauline Pastry, FRANCE
Three employees of a foundry meet up with themselves in an abandoned quarry in Charente. Affected by work, the workers remember the sequence of the gestures that they do every day. Opus is the work and the task at hand, but it’s also the word we use for a musical composition.
Alex Lazarov, AUSTRIA
A young woman dances through a dystopian world. Music, dance, fashion and found footage come together into a tour de force of impressions.
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Terje Tolleshaug, NORWAY
Plants and electronics.
The Ascent Of The Robots
Leon Riener, SWITZERLAND
In summer 2020 participated several science teams of the ETH Zurich at the “Art Safiental” in the mountains of Graubunden. After the scientists packed their hiking gear and their robots, their only mission was “over hill and dale to the summit”. How difficult will it be to reach the summit with a legged robot and an exoskeleton? What’s the relation between synesthetic dance and robotic? How will the hikers react to these projects?
El Robot Solista
Myk Eff, CANADA
A no-budget music video and robot narrative montage consisting of royalty-free and Giphy.com video clips. The Robo-protagonists struggle to achieve mastery of physical dexterity against a backdrop of Robo-nostalgia and high-tech music-making.
Salsa Esc Robots
Viacheslav Karbanov, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
The megapolis draws people into the world of digital gadgets, leads away from reality. A man hides behind the avatars, becomes lonely and loses his individuality. The filmmaker and protagonist is a Hi-Tech Robots and Virtual Studio guru who is not satisfied with this imposed lifestyle. He builds his own system of coordinates based on Cuban salsa in Moscow and robots.
Natalia Alfutova, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
This video is the first part of the series starring Oneiroid, a worm-like robot with an AI-driven personality. There is no CGI, no post-processing; it’s a good old honest documentary even if the video does not look like one. This video star is the robot controlled by the artificial neural network processing the visual input from its camera eye. AI controls every movement of the Oneiroid’s body, and at the same time, we can observe how this AI sees the surrounding world through the interface that demonstrates the robot’s vision on the external screen. We watch how his biased perception makes a lady scientist look almost like another worm-like creature. Unknown is scary. The unnamed unknown is even scarier. We give it a name; we call it Oneiroid, but does it really help? Do we better understand its nature? Is it a result of a natural mutation or a human mistake? Can we coexist, and if yes, who poses more danger to whom? Very similar questions worry people for more than a year now: pandemia has changed the way we live and our relationships with everything other and alien. Oneiroid embodies the alienness, looking strange and perhaps dangerous. In the world of social distancing and do-not-touch behavior, the girl caressing Oneiroid breaks the rules and seems almost criminal. This scene makes us experience tactile sensations of slimy skin under our palms; of course, we identify ourselves with a neat scientist. But what if we are wrong, if we are aliens occasionally caressed by a passing scientist? Why does the scientist care about the robot’s memory, and how personal and emotional can the robot’s memory be? Can Oneiroid be missing a human touch — and why in the final seconds do we feel compassion towards the Robo-monster left alone?
An exploration of the human body and how its interaction with an outside world leads to identity formation.
Kaige Zheng, CHINA
I can resist everything except curiosity.
Claire Walka, GERMANY
Walls burst, break and crumble. Dust, light, haze, drops, decay. Exposed wires tie themselves into knots. Stone, concrete, tiles and grids between the grinders of steel animals. Stolid, doubled, unreal in the mist.
Robotic Online Short Film Festival (or ROS festival) is a science fiction short film festival planning to focus on robotics related themes.
We want to create a new space for dialogue between art, science and technology through audiovisual media and around the figure of the robot. The online festival provides a good scenario for promoting social reflection, creativity and artistic work around new realities, as well as opportunities and dangers posed by the technological convergence in which we are immersed.