Next Dila

Describe yourself: Who you are and what you're doing?
Artist and Dreamhacker. I'm deeply interested in topics of DIY Space Exploration. I call it Cosmonautica 2.0. In a manifesto of " illegal Cosmonautics" me and my smArt Group talk about the new movement, new role model of Urban Cosmonaut - i-llegal cosmonaut - "shaman among machines", independent researcher of inner and outer space, dreamhacker, "up-winger". A poet who composes poems on computer languages, an engineer who constructs dreams. My dream is to combine a group of artists, engineers and programmers to launch a first non-governmental, non-commercial round trip around the earth or to launch the first DIY satellite, this is where robots come in - first non-governmental trip around the globe should be performed by our comrade Robot-Cosmonaut created by us, and only after it we will send human to that very same mission. Preparations will take a time - so in this moment I'm actively searching for dreamers around the globe and I'm actively learning programming and astronomy,

Besides that I'm writing articles on topics of art and tech.singularity in few journals, I am also a part of an international theatrical project, where I'm working on the adaptation of "Karmen" on an Internet "stage" and finally I'm playing in an electro-pop muSick band - Kung Fu Junkie.

How did your interest in robots / robotics start?
I've been interested in robots since early childhood, when I read old soviet books for kids, with illustrations of future cities, rockets and robots - these wonderful creatures, whom I always thought as friends.

But as my country was a part of the "second world", it was impossible to work with robotics and high tech in general.

I remember that, in 90s, we studied computer science in school. We haven't ever seen computers, either the students, or the teachers. So I worked with robots only in my dreams, on the background of low tech ghettos.

What kind of actions needs to be done in the community to increase the interest and the awareness of robots / robotics?
I think simple online courses would be good for that. Groups that are working in their labs should share their views, ideas and codes with the general public; with as simple language as possible. This field has to have its own Carl Sagans.

It would be great if more concerts, art shows and events will be held, and people who are not involved in this field would not feel as castaways and more of them got interested and passionate about it. I mean poeple of second world, in this case.

We learned how to read and write, how to use computers and high physics of last centuries are in our school textbooks, in the same way we should learn robotics and programming.

If you have any closing remarks or comments about robots / robotics, then go ahead.
Avantgardist poets, you should start programing robots, engineers and programmers should consume fair-tales with big doses, meditate on cosmos.

For me robots are hybrid angelic guides to unknown territories. And may be new species, who will explore this cruel and wonderful universe, "in which we float like a mute of dust," with us.


[source: Vive Les Robots!]

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Next Dila

Next Dila is an Artist and Dreamhacker from Tbilisi, Georgia. He's deeply interested in topics of DIY Space Exploration, which he calls Cosmonautica 2.0.