Machine to Make a Future

In Process, 2005

A street robot wants some love. It writes “LOVE ME” on walls and surfaces in every language it knows. For anyone encountering this creature, the robot is a kind of mirror; it has no human characteristics beyond what the viewer sees in it. People tend to anthropomorphize anything that vaguely resembles human behaviour; moreover, research tells us that people are continually projecting their own thoughts and emotions onto other humans. The street robot confronts this tendency directly, and reveals to us the altering effect of subjectivity in interpreting our environment. The robot is a converted EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) robot, a rugged, lightweight machine designed to conduct EOD, HAZMAT handling, search, surveillance and rescue missions.