Learning to see the laboratory where the robot is programmed to work

Tom Sherman

2016, 15:23 minutes, colour, English


Learning to see the laboratory where the robot is programmed to work was initially recorded at the National Research Laboratories in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1988. Tom Sherman directed control engineer George Hollinworth to program a Unimation PUMA robot to see and describe the laboratory environment it was stationed in. The programming language was VAL. The PUMA robot makes Sherman’s perception of the laboratory concrete through a video camcorder manipulated by the robot. The 15-minute video document articulates Sherman’s perception/experience/description of the laboratory as it is refined over a three-day experimental session, February 1-3, 1988. Approximately three hours of recordings were analyzed and edited by Sherman into the finished 15 minute 23 second video loop in 2016.

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