[NetBehaviour] Double-Taker (Snout).

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Nov 3 12:52:32 CET 2008

Double-Taker (Snout).

Golan Levin with Lawrence Hayhurst, Steven Benders and Fannie White.

"Double-Taker (Snout)" (interactive installation, 2008) deals in a
whimsical manner with the themes of trans-species eye contact, gestural
choreography, subjecthood, and autonomous surveillance. The project
consists of an eight-foot (2.5m) long industrial robot arm, costumed to
resemble an enormous inchworm or elephant's trunk, which responds in
unexpected ways to the presence and movements of people in its vicinity.
Sited on a low roof above a museum entrance, and governed by a real-time
machine vision algorithm, Double-Taker (Snout) orients a supersized
googly-eye towards passers-by, tracking their bodies and suggesting an
intelligent awareness of their activities. The goal of this kinetic
system is to perform convincing "double-takes" at its visitors, in which
the sculpture appears to be continually surprised by the presence of its
own viewers — communicating, without words, that there is something
uniquely surprising about each of us.


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