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Project Ability

Artist in Residency

The whole month of February Merel had the freedom to do whatever she wanted during her Artist in Residency in the Project Ability studios. She decided to focus on exploring the scopes and limits of form & function. Trying to find extremes in decoration, function, minimalism and usefulness she worked together with the Project Ability artists to create a range of vases.

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2020

Project Ability
Robottic Petting Zoo

Artist in Residency

Robottic Petting Zoo

During her residency in the SoBA lab, Merel worked together with Professor Emily S. Cross, Dr. Ruud Hortensius, programmer Bishakha Chaudhury and other members of the Social Robots project to create the robotic petting zoo. This project is funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Award Creative Practitioner-in-Residence programme.
 

In this interactive public art performance, a small group of iRobot Rooma vacuuming cleaning robots compete in a popularity contest. Just like in human life these robots have unique characters. Some of them are cheerful, others grumpy and another will apologize constantly when bumping into obstacles. By feeding the robots, following their lives and personalities, and rooting for them to win the contest, visitors can interact with the petting zoo robots and shape who wins the popularity contest, and thus reveal more about the social relationships humans might forge with artificial agents. 


More information about this project can be found at the Robotic Petting Zoo website.

2017

Shape My Town