Katrin HOCHSCHUH and Adam DONOVAN 'Empathy swarm' 2018, detail view, Courtesy of the artists

Empathy swarm

Can robots feel empathy? Artists Katrin Hochschuh and Adam Donovan address this question in their exhibition, Empathy swarm, the culmination of an extensive research project experimenting with human-robot social interaction. Using emotion recognition algorithms and camera tracking, a swarm of 50 robots adapts its behaviour and interacts with the observer. Its formations, animations and behaviour become the vocabulary of swarm expression. Visitors to the exhibition will experience the swarm of a fluid robot formation and discover how machines derive compassionate responses to humans.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Work coproduced at Kontejner within the framework of EMAP / EMARE and co-funded by Creative Europe.

Robot omni wheels produced and sponsored by Rotacaster.

Robot brain microcontrollers sponsored by Espressif

Behaviour and robot tracking cameras sponsored by Arducam

Installation gallery

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Katrin HOCHSCHUH and Adam DONOVAN 'Empathy swarm prototypes' 2018, robotics, Courtesy of the artists

Artist Talk: Robotic Empathy

Sunday 18 August 2019

String Theory ensemble

Music in the museum

String Theory

Saturday 24 August 2019

Planetfall by Emma Newman book cover

Texta book club

Planetfall by Emma Newman

Tuesday 3 September 2019

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