Lichtsuchende are light seeking robots, with a need for food, companionship and interaction, created in collaboration with [http://www.rociojungenfeld.eu/ Rocio Jungenfeld].
They look a bit like this:
Here's an [http://www.mo-seph.com/files/Lichtsuchende%20%E2%80%93%20Cybernetic%20sunflowers%20with%20Maslovian%20behaviours.docx Overview Paper], but the short version is:
The Lichtsuchende are small static robotic creatures, forming an interactive digital photo-kinetic sculpture. Their movement is modelled after sunflowers turning to face then sun, in their constant search for effulgent nourishment. As well as consuming light, they can produce light, giving possibilities of exchange and communication, and an ascension up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. They are presented in the form of an interactive installation – a group of around 25 Lichtsuchende are placed in an otherwise dark room; participants enter with torches and engage with the robots, setting up cascades of movement and light, and exchanging photonic information with the cyber-society.
Generously supported by the University of Edinburgh's Innovative Initiative Grant and New Media Scotland's Alt-W fund.
== Showings ==
== Project Blog ==
Part of building installations is finding a way to make everything look clean. We're not trying to hide anything here, but I do want to avoid messy wiring. So all the heads have a small board attached which is static, and takes power in. This means that the robotic stuff is completely self contained, and can be taken off the base easily.
A couple of weeks ago we took the first batch of Lichtsuchende down to Inspace to try them in a big dark room...
Here's some video from that:
This is a group of 3 lichtsuchen, all with lights as well as sensors. Starting to get a feel for the interaction. They have a real sense of personal space - if they get too close to each other they start jerking backwards and forwards angrily.