PROJECT BY MEDIA LAB CYLAND
CONCEPT: MARINA KOLDOBSKAYA
DEVELOPMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, MECHANICS: OLEG RODIONOV
DESIGN, SMITHERY: ANTON CHUMAK
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA. 2009.
These robots pretend to be neither intelligent not machines. Having sensed an alien presence, they defend themselves in the only manner they are capable of: they are whipping with the flagellum (tale; proboscis; sting). The excitement of one is transmitted to all the rest. In a few seconds, the mass hysteria consumes the entire micro-community. They do not know if it is a friend or a foe that came; cannot evaluate whether their defense is effective or futile; do not distinguish a trifle from a serious threat; they miss the target. They are a bit like you and me.