THE BLIND ROBOT

CANADA
THE BLIND ROBOT

Seeing is believing – or is it? The Blind Robot offers an intriguing perspective on the line between vision and sightlessness, and between man and machine.

 
In this intriguing experiential installation, visitors are invited to sit in front of a ‘blind robot’ and engage in a non-verbal dialogue with the machine. The robot then reaches out to delicately explore the face and upper body of the visitor in a manner similar to that in which blind people attempt to recognise a person or object. By turning a robot arm from a high-precision industrial tool into a fragile, imprecise and emotionally loaded agent, The Blind Robot aims to create an empathic situation between man and machine and a positive pre-disposition to the engagement between the sighted and the blind. Creator Louis-Philippe Demers has participated in more than 70 artistic and stage productions over the past two decades and built more than 375 machines in locations as diverse as subway stations, art museums and opera houses.

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