From Adrianne’s Bio:
ADRIANNE WORTZEL creates unique and innovative interactive web works, robotic and telerobotic installations, performance productions, videos and writings. These works explore historical and cultural perspectives by coupling fact and fiction via use of new technologies in both physical and virtual networked environments. She collaborates with research scientists working in the fields of robotics and/or artificial intelligence both in the US and internationally. Her work employs narratives nascent to technological research while examining comparatively the methodologies in order to point to its creative and intuitive nature built on an armature of empirical knowledge. The content examines, or displays, through fictive and dramatic scenarios, stories and scripts, aspects of how humans relate to machines.
I had the pleasure of assisting Adrianne with a demonstration of her hacked toy robots at MakerFaire New York in 2011, and continued to work with her on planning future projects, submitting fellowship applications, and creating a new website to feature her diverse body of work. The video below was made by MAKE magazine for the MakerFaire installation; I get a brief cameo setting up the robots for testing :->
Adrianne Wortzel first saw Tickle-Me-Elmo-TMX during her residency in the Artificial Intelligence Lab in Zurich, Switzerland, and noticed something interesting about the robotic toy. It wasn’t long before she amassed an army of them. And what army is complete without synchronized maneuvers…