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Second Workshop on Rule Based Robot Improvisation

Marit Adriaanse   On Friday the 11th of February, the second workshop on rule based robot improvisation of the Acting Like a Robot Research Project took place. The workshops are meant as a place for the exploration of rule-based improvisation techniques as a means for the development of Human-Robot Interaction. This workshop consisted of a…

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Event Report: Neo the Robot Baby

  Soyun Jang     Neo the robot baby was born on 15 October 2021 at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He was transported afterwards to Buitenplaats Doornburg, Maarsen, to be displayed at Bram Ellens’ exhibition, Robots in Captivity. Neo is a copy of a robot baby developed by Agoston E. Eiben (professor of computational intelligence at…

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Workshop on Anatomy Theatre and Bram Ellens’ Robot Specimens

  Soyun Jang   On 9 September 2021, we witnessed the making process of robot specimens. Created by a collaborating artist of Acting Like a Robot, Bram Ellens, they are on display at his exhibition Robots in Captivity at Buitenplaats Doornburgh since late September.       Workshop: Anatomy Theatre Members of Performing Robots contributed…

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The Vulnerability of The Mad King

  Floor Mijland     From a distance you hear a rattling sound, as if chains are dragged along a concrete floor. The sound bounces off the walls of what seems to be a large, empty hall. It creates loud echoes, which are accompanied by the sound of what could, possibly, be a mechanic drill….

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Meet Bram Ellens, the Artist Behind “Robots in Captivity”

  Meet Bram Ellens, collaborating artist of our project, Acting Like a Robot. Based in the Netherlands, Bram worked for 10 years as an entrepreneur before making his career transition into an artist. Working under Edward Bernteyn as his first job as an artist, as well as spending time with different mentors and self-studying, he…

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Re-Wired NAO Project

Irene Alcubilla Troughton     In this project, Acting like a Robot collaborates with Ulrike Quade (director of the Ulrike Quade Company) in the exploration of the relationship between robot and puppet, as well as programmer and puppeteer. The goal of this project is two-fold: on the one hand, it tries to explore the theatrical…

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Rethinking the Movements of “The Fresh Prince”

Soyun Jang   Some members of Acting Like a Robot participated in two workshops with Bram Ellens to redesign the movement segments of one of the robots on display in his exhibition, Robots in Captivity, where he explores the relationship between robots and humans. Here, each robot displayed has its own backstory, such as what…

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Analogy Puppets and Robots – Exchange between VU and UQC

Suze van Miltenburg In December we (prof. K. Hindriks VU en Suze van Miltenburg UQC) set up a new exchange linked to the Social Intelligence Robot Project at the VU. The initial idea was to work with students on the topic ‘coming alive’ and work from the analogy between puppets and robots. Due to a…

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