N7331227 is an old industrial robot which originally has been used to grind toilet seats. It was given a new life and a home at the art museum Kunsthallen Brandts in Odense from August 21th to November 29th 2009
The industrial robot N7331227 has been used to grind toilet seats – repetitively, monotone and precise. Each of them perfect, each of the similar.
Now that its working days are over, Illutron equipped the Robot with new attributes, which spot light on the robots limitations as a machine and the humans need of emotional attachment to things.
N7331227 is superior, when it comes to accuracy and endurance, despite of his fascination of us unintelligible and fragile creatures. In an effort to understand us it tries to copy our movements and actions.
In the interactive dimension of the installation, the spectator is asked to express his or her own creativity in paper drawings. N7331227 then attempts to copy the drawings via a panel which controls 96 light bulbs in a matrix
“Kunsthallen Brands Kladefabrik describes the installation as following:
The Danish artist collective Illutron participate with the work “N7331227” which imbues an old industrial robot with new life. Via computer vision the robot has been equipped with the ability to see and has been programmed to read and reproduce the audience’s drawings on a large wall comprising 96 light bulbs.”
illutron – N7331227, Mads Hobye, Jonas Jongejan, DZL (Nikolaj Møbius),
Nicolas Padfield, Schack Lindemann, Thomas Fabian Eder, Brian Josefsen, Eva kanstrup og Thomas Scherrer
Illutrons Robot experiments started with receiving the generous gift of 4 Big Orange Toilet grinding Robots. Our personal attachments to the machine grew through playing with it.
DZL reverse engineered the old toilet grinding N7331227 Robot, by rescuing and combining it’s most essential original parts with Arduinoboards and microprocessors. This resulted in an very unusual combination of old and new technologies.
Jonas programed a 3D model of the Robot and enabled the original one point fix Robot to operate in three dimensional space – and that’s when we know that he was alive.
Mads worked on add on’s to the programmed code, using computer vision solutions which enabled the robot to recognise and follow the audiences faces. Furthermore he programmed the N7331227 to find and recognise drawings, which then will be converted to light spots on a screen.
Nicolas, Schack and Thomas F. designed and constructed the screens.
The concept is a proud result of an ongoing dialog about the role of robots, as vi at Illutron view it. We all influenced the concepts development. however, the concrete concept primarily has been designed by Schack, Nicolaj, Jonas and Mads.
A big thank you to Eva, Brian and Thomas Scherrer who contributed with technical support.