SonarMàtica
  • Gaude Mihi
  • Competitions
  • The self-portrait machine
  • Paranoia
  • Violín Midi
  • E-Shoe
  • Robotic Displays
  • 8520 s.w. 27th PL
  • MERTZ
  • Robotic Chair
  • Surveillance Cameras: they are alive!!!
  • Mixed Reality Robot Arena

(Back to) the Robots

When Sónar began its journey in 1994, robotics had started gradually to filter through from scientific environments to artistic spaces, and artists including Bill Vorn and JL Demers in the international arena, and Marcel·lí Antúnez in Spain, came to SonarMàtica to display their projects. During that decade, the cutting edge of technology shifted from robotics to computer technology, from the prosthesis to the Internet, and the future soon came to be seen in terms of its relational context rather than in instrumental-mechanical terms. Moving into the twenty-first century, the socialisation of digital tools and the spread of creative co-operatives has made new generations of artists once again turn their attention towards robotics as the recurring backdrop for their investigations. The proliferation of art workshops, university departments and specialised festivals highlights today's democratisation of robotics.



A chair that folds itself to bits and puts itself up again, surveillance robots, robots that play the violin and guide users drawing a self-portrait, robotic pets and mechanical devices that commit suicide can all be found in an exhibition in which SonarMàtica returns to its roots. It is "Back to the ro(b)ots". As Kraftwerk sang in their 1977 classic.: “We are programmed just to do / Anything you want us to / We are the robots…”.

Collaborators Centres

(Back to) the Robots

SonarMàtica - Timetables
Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th
12.00 Robotic Chair, Max Dean / Raffaello D’Andrea / Matt Donovan (CA), 12 minutes
13.00 Robotic Chair, Max Dean / Raffaello D’Andrea / Matt Donovan (CA), 20 minutes
13.30 Humanoid Competitions, IRI-Humanoid Lab (ES), 20 minutes
14.00 Robotic Chair, Max Dean / Raffaello D’Andrea / Matt Donovan (CA), 12 minutes
14.30 Robot Competitions  AESS  (ES), 20 minutes
15.00 Robotic Chair, Max Dean / Raffaello D’Andrea / Matt Donovan (CA), 12 minutes
15.30 Humanoid Competitions, IRI-Humanoid Lab (ES), 20 minutes
16.00 Robotic Chair, Max Dean / Raffaello D’Andrea / Matt Donovan (CA), 12 minutes
16.30 Robot Competitions  AESS  (ES), 20 minutes
17.00 Robotic Chair, Max Dean / Raffaello D’Andrea / Matt Donovan (CA), 12 minutes
17.30 Humanoid Competitions, IRI-Humanoid Lab (ES), 20 minutes
18.00 Robotic Chair, Max Dean / Raffaello D’Andrea / Matt Donovan (CA), 12 minutes
18.30 Robot Competitions  AESS  (ES), 20 minutes
19.00 Robotic Chair, Max Dean / Raffaello D’Andrea / Matt Donovan (CA), 12 minutes
19.30 Humanoid Competitions, IRI-Humanoid Lab (ES), 20 minutes
20.00 Robotic Chair, Max Dean / Raffaello D’Andrea / Matt Donovan (CA), 12 minutes
20.30 Robot Competitions  AESS  (ES), 20 minutes
21.00 Robotic Chair, Max Dean / Raffaello D’Andrea / Matt Donovan (CA), 20 minutes