[NetBehaviour] Double-Taker (Snout)

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Oct 9 10:52:03 CEST 2008

2008 | 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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