A.I.S.S. (Artificially Intelligent Soft Sculpture)/Cultural Acquisition and Retrieval Lecture
Exhibited across cities across Canada 2007-2008 and also in Estonia in 2009.
The A.I.S.S. (Artificial Intelligent Soft Sculpture) is not just interactive but also introspective; reacting to the surroundings it is able to learn from what external stimuli may be encountered. While the mind of the Artificially Intelligent Soft Sculpture is advanced, it’s body- a deer’s body, is in shambles. Cut off at the waist and elbows it remains relatively unanimated except for the blinking of its doe eyes. Contained within this soft exterior is the ultimate combination of advanced robotic technology: a network of sensors, motors, feedback devices, and real foam stuffing. These sculp-tronic features allow the Artificially Intelligent Soft Sculpture to realize the entire gamut of sculptural capabilities. Finally a sculpture is able to experience how it feels to be a sculpture and what it means to be looked at as an object. As the A.I.S.S. is off traveling to distant cultures the work may be exhibited to the public via PowerPoint presentations, video installations, exhibition of the prototype(s), or a combination of these options.