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robotlab

robotlab was founded in 2002 by Matthias Gommel, Martina Haitz and Jan Zappe at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. Since then, they have been working as an independent artists group at ZKMís Institute for Visual Media. robotlab develops installations and performances with industrial robots. These robots that are normally used for industrial production are integrated as ready-mades into the groupís projects. In robotlabís installations the role of the machine is always defined as that of an autonomous, creative agent. Thus, their works discuss the human-machine relationships on many different levels. At the beginning of their collaborative work, robotlab focused on creating public experimental laboratories and configurations offering the users a wide spectrum of different modes of interaction with the robots. These robot laboratories were followed by numerous installations and performances with which the robots invaded ever new thematic or cultural context.


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Projects [selected]

· »jukebots« 2001 [Soundinstallation]
· »zone« 2001/2 [Mensch-Maschine Dance Performance]
· »autoportrait« 2002 [Interactive Installation]
· »profiler« 2004 [Interactive Installation]
· »instrument« 2005 [Soundinstallation]
· »bios [bible]« · 2007 [Installation]
· »manifest« 2008 [Installation]



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Exhibitions/ Presentations [selected]

2008
»ART Karlsruhe« Karlsruhe[D], 28.02.-02.03.2008


2007
»FASTFORWARD ON NEW MEDIA ART: ROBOTS«
PAN Neapel [IT], 08.11.-03.12.2007

»Wired Nextfest« LA[USA], 13.-16.09.2007

»Mücsarnok Kunsthalle Budapest [HU], 23.03.-28.05.2007


2006
»OFF-TIME! - robotlab-Einzelausstellung
Robot Museum Nagoya [JP], 12.10.2006-04.02.2007

»Wired Nextfest« NY [USA], 28.09.-01.20.2006

»STRP Art & Technology Festival« Eindhoven [NL], 24.-26.03.2006


2005
»Robodock Festival« Amsterdam [NL], 21-24.09.2005

»Wired Nextfest« Chicago [USA], 23.-26.06.2005

»Timewarp Mannheim Ė green« Mannheim [D], 02.-03.04.2005

»Bewegliche Teile« Kunsthaus Graz [A], 15.01.2005


2004
»GOG-BOT Media Art Festival« Enschede [NL], 31.10.-01.11.2004

»Unter Strom« Kunsthalle Darmstadt [D], 20.06.-20.08.2004

»ZKMax« München [D], 14.-16.10.2004

»Robotix« Frameries [B], 13.03.-25.04.2004


2003
»IMKP - Internationaler Medienkunstpreis«
ZKM Karlsruhe [D], 14.-23.11.2003


2002
»Elektra Festival« Montreal [CA], 14.-16.11.2002

»transmediale.02 [go public!]« Berlin [D], 05.-10.02.2002

»Tanzfestival SIDance 2002« Seoul Art Center [KR], 05.-06.10.2002


2001
»CYNETart Festival«
Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden [D], 16.-17.11.2001

»FER - Festival d'Expériences Robotiques«
Frameries [B], 04.08.-02.09.2001


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ZKM departments
· Institute for Visual Media

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