Vessels (prototype 1) / by Sofian Audry, Adam Kelly, Stephen Kelly and Samuel St-Aubin, 2010

Sofian Audry, Adam Kelly, Stephen Kelly, Samuel St-Aubin
Aquatic robotic installation
First prototype, 2010

Vessels is a robotic installation consisting of large groups of autonomous water vehicles. With roughly 50 individuals in a population, the robotic agents interact with each other and their environment to form a simple ecosystem. Their collective, emergent behaviour resembles the social interactions in a community of living creatures. Observers may empathize with the robots’ behaviours, ascribe intentions and motivations to their actions, and/or draw correlations between the group dynamic and unseen characteristics of their milieu.

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Camera: Thomas Elliot
Soundtrack: Antiguru (