Sasa Spacal

Describe yourself: Who are you and what are you doing?
I am a new media artist working in the fields of intermedia art, real-time interactive visualization and graphic design.

My main interest is to observe the phenomena of everyday life here and now and see how the connections between technological and biological organisms are established both on the level of physical structures and on the level of social organization. The intersection between arts and sciences gives me the most inspiration given that it explores our environment in an experimental way and makes the large variety of different modes of human existence visible and also possible.

As a product of that intersection, I see technology, as a phenomenona that is adopting much the same patterns as do biological organisms with it's tendencies for increasing diversity, increasing complexity, increasing energy density, efficiency and increasing specialization. It takes on different roles in society that enable us to see the situation of human experience much clearer and actively change the course of our evolution. In a way, human experience is powered by technology, since it creates new modes of human being and new habitats for human living.

How did your interest in robots / robotics start?
From when I was very little, robots from various science fiction backgrounds just got stuck in my head, they seemed so alive that their names ended up as pet names for my devices: drives in my computers were called R2-D2, C-3PO and Data; my poor fridge got named after Marvin, the Paranoid Android, on account of its constant whining; etc.

But a more focused interest in robotics came about in the course of the research I did for the project 7K: new life form,, when I started to study self-organizing robotic systems and the possibility of their self-assembling and reproduction on the nanoscale. The similarities between the structure of biological organisms and technological organisms that I saw just amazed me and what inspired me even more was the fact that biomimcry is actually a very useful tool for building any kind of systems at all in general, since nature knows how to design, it has been doing it for a very long time and it has learned from its mistakes well.

What kind of actions needs to be done in the community to increase the interest and the awareness of robots / robotics?
Mostly actions that would give the general public an opportunity to observe, experience, explore and play with robots on its own. Actions such as workshops and presentations that allow direct interaction with robots and robotic systems will certainly raise awareness, since during the play we start to learn with our mind and intuition, and so a relationship is formed between the players - human and robot - and once that is established, it is hard to ignore it. In addition, these kinds of experiences enter our imaginations and new possible contexts for development start to sprout in our minds.

If you have any closing remarks or comments about robots / robotics, then go ahead.
Let's play and explore!

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[image source: Katja Zerko
[source: Vive Les Robots!]

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Sasa Spacal

Sasa Spacal is a new media artist working in the fields of intermedia art, real-time interactive visualization and graphic design.