Three Cats in a Box with
'Bots: Convergence/Tele-conferencing/Inter-facing and the Delicate Chemistry
If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a
diagram and pattern of subtle air.
- Doris Lessing Particular Cats...and Rufus
The cat is dying when the black box is opened... the event takes place at
- Erwin Schroedinger
Themes of visions, journeys and explorations of discovery propel
these cats into space and time- the only road to the marvelous? Is it not
this transcendence, this transgression, visions very symbol and in a sense
its highest praise?
For the three cats interviewed in the Pandora box show, curiosity seems to
have gotten the better of them.
Curator Graham Smith (Schroedingers
Cat ), sets his vision toward the sun. He wants
to fly. He loves freedom. He becomes restless when kept confined.
An inventor, artist and entrepreneur his artwork has been exhibited internationally
for the last 15 years. He has an unbridled imagination and deterministic zeal.
Some consider him to be a visionary; it was his vision that instigated Pandoras
Box; the first international interactive encounter with art using remotely
controlled robots, which took place simultaneously at InterAccess, Toronto
and Fylkingen, Stockholm. (factoring in the time change).
What connected the two cities are twin robots; invented by Smith,with cameras
attached, recording and transmitting images across the earth, making McLuhan's
global village a little closer to home.
The artists collaborated with Amanda Ramos, for conceptual design, and
exhibition assistance, She creates immersive environments, experimenting
with a variety of formats that integrate architecture and media. Inside
her stylized constructions, individuals are publicly invited to explore
new methods of social interaction. She designs the viewing box, which
viewers step into to watch and move the robot through the exhibition in
either city, which have to be minature in scale, to compensate for the
Christian Bock, Joe Davis, Francis LeBouthillier, Dinka Pignon, Victoria Scott,
Thomas Liljenberg and Kent Tankred
Curator: Graham Smith
Exhibition Design: Amanda Ramos
Place: InterAccess Electronic Media Art Centre, Canada and the Flykingon
Time: March 4 -18, 2000
LeBouthillier, Jowita Kepa
Above Image (Pandora): Joe Davis