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Last Outpost in Uncanny Valley

Last Outpost in Uncanny Valley

In 1970, Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori published an article titled “Bukimi no Tani Gensh”, commonly translated as “The Uncanny Valley”. His theory asserts that the more humanlike a machine like a robot is presented, the more accepting humans are of it, until the resemblance to human is close, but not perfect. This triggers a sudden and deep sense of revulsion in most people, occurring just before a return to full human acceptance. The deep dip in the otherwise gentle curve of human resemblance, comfort, and recognition is mapped as the Uncanny Valley.

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CollectiveGIF: Information Overload

CollectiveGIF: Information Overload

CollectiveGIF: Information Overload is a night of multiscreen performative video curated by killer banshee (Eliot K Daughtry & Kriss De Jong) in collaboration with Jerry Smith.

AnimatedGIFs embody the short attention span: gestural images pulling you into meditative focus and distracting you at the same time. Native to the Internet, the GIF is a vernacular form, easily dismissed. Glitchy, contrary, paradoxical in their position, animated GIFs take things out of normal time and place. CollectiveGIF: Information Overload will present thousands of gifs – momentary gesticulations collected from the wilds of the Internet.

CollectiveGIFs from killer banshee: Eliot K Daughtry & Kriss De Jong with Jerry Smith, Fly, Zon Wakest, Travis Meinolf, Dean Putney, Alma Alloro, Phil Bonner, ABVH, AJElledge, MrGIF, Dain Fagerholm, Beck&Burg, Eric L. Sanchez, Anthony Discenza, Ignacio Torres, Jake OLimb, Luli & the many minions of the memescape that is AnimatedGIF.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 8-10pm
Emerald Tablet, San Francisco

CollectiveGIF: Information Overload
a part of A.D.D. curated by MicroClimate Collective
(Glenna Cole Allee & Victoria Mara Heilweil)
Support for MicroClimate Collective 2012 exhibitions is provided by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program.

The Robot Taxonomy Project

The Robot Taxonomy Project

The Robot Taxonomy Project attempts to reconcile the differences between actual and imagined robotics and how they are represented. It is a project of the Robot Identification Institute, itself a subsidiary of the Uncanny Valley Authority.

The Robot Taxonomy Project debuted at 21 Grand in Oakland California in 2009 with interactive web terminals and chalkboards in the space to encourage additions to the taxonomy, kept as an online database.

The installation featured stylized, detailed CNC carvings of robot types in addition to the chalkboards and terminals.