Zaven Pare

Describe yourself: Who you are and what you're doing?
Artist and Robot Drama Researcher.
Working on recent Japanese Robot Drama Repertory: the 3 last plays of the playwright Oriza Hirata for actors and the humanoids Wakamaru and the android Geminoid F: "I, work" (Osaka, 2009; Tokyo Festival 2010), "In the Heart of the Forest" (Aichi Triennial, 2010) and "Sayonara" (Aichi Triennial, 2010; Tokyo Festival 2010).

Exhibition:
"CyberArt" at Caixa Cultural of Curitiba (PR) in Brazil 30th of March to the 1st of May.

Conferences:
"Technological Animism" at the Caixa Cultural of Curitiba (PR) in Brazil, the 29th of March.
"The Puppeteer and the Roboticist" at the University of Connecticut during the conference "Puppetry and Postdramatic Performance", from the 1st to the 3rd of April.

How did your interest in robots / robotics start?
My interest in mechanics started during the lessons of human morphology taught by Professor François Debord at the Beaux Arts school of Paris in the beginning of the eighties.
My interest for robots started when I have project a first electronic puppet interface for the Ubu Theater Company in Montreal in 1996, and my interest for robotics started when I have built my first interactive electronic puppet in CalArts in 1999. At this time, I exchanged the strings of a traditional puppet with the wires of a kind of teleoperated robot for stage performances.
My interest for roboticists started when I met Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro at a conference about anthropology and anthropomorphism in Oxford, in 2007.

What kind of actions needs to be done in the community to increase the interest and the awareness of robots / robotics?
Robot Drama Studies need to increase.

If you have any closing remarks or comments about robots / robotics, then go ahead.
"More drama, less programming!"

 

Links:
Homepage:
www.cyberart.com.br

Books:
- "Maquinas", Rio de Janeiro: Editora 7 Letras, 2009.
- "O robô e a maçã", Rio de Janeiro: Editora 7 Letras, 2010.

Articles:
-"Emma et la thermodynamique", Flaubert Center CEREdl Laboratory, Rouen University, October 2010:
http://flaubert.univ-rouen.fr/article.php?id=8
-"Robot´s Gaze", Leonardo, Transactions, MIT, June 2010:
http://www.leonardo-transactions.com/announcements/?page=3
- "Der Jasager", Tecnoscienza, Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, Vol. 1, Nr. 1, June 2010.
http://www.tecnoscienza.net/index.php/tsj
- "Les robots aux yeux mi-clos", Artmap Research , Paris X University, October 2009 :
http://www.artmap-research.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=140&Itemid=72

[source: Vive Les Robots!]

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Zaven Paré

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