Mawhrin-Skel (Robot Workshop)
Event and exhibition in the Grande Luxe
Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Opening and performances Thursday May 11th at 8pm
Exhibition open May 12 and 13 from noon to 5pm
Robots by Deanne Achong, Kate Armstrong, Joelle Ciona, David Floren, and Matt Smith, with help from Dina Gonzalez Mascaro.
"Mawhrin-Skel" is a fictional character - an intelligent drone that, having failed to meet the conditions of its original purpose, is decommissioned and
left to wander aimlessly through a near utopian environment where it becomes a social nuisance and prankster. This character - invented by Ian M Banks in his 1989 novel "The Player of Games" - provides an interesting social and cultural entry point into the study of robots as both cultural artifacts and autonomous members of society. This project examines ideas of function, autonomy, artificial intelligence and purpose-driven technology. Working with performance and installation, the artists will showcase the results of a workshop series and residency in Wireless Robotics.
Curated by Peter Courtemanche