VEHICLE #1: PETRI TABLE (FOR VALENTINO BRAITENBERG)
An exploration of what happens when BEAM robotics meet a functional furniture object. This work has been exhibited at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art and Art San Diego.
Vehicle #1: Petri Table (for Valentino Braitenberg) is comprised of a coffee table that houses ten small solar-powered machines, which twitch about when exposed to sunlight. The work was greatly inspired by Valentino Braitenberg and his series of thought experiments outlining his theory of synthetic psychology. This table is inspired by the first of his vehicle based thought experiments. The little robots within the table move when exposed to sun, and stop when in the shade. Braitenberg's theory of synthetic psychology suggests that we humans will project psychological states onto these simple machines. They will seem to like the shade, or perhaps be excited by the sun. Personally, I like that they will collect under books or plates placed on the table. Like bugs under a rock. See, there I go.