Robotícula (Ana Laura Cantera & Demian Ferrari)
In the actual Anthropocene Age, humanity is the main risk for nature (and for us), because it has become the dominant factor in the ecological balance of the planet. Humans are changing its environment very fast as a consequence of their economic interests and all the society doesn´t know the completely environmental conditions where they live.
Foucault said once, that devices are machines for seeing and for talking. They allow to us we could access to invisible information we could not have without them. For this reason, we decided to build a cyborg robot to get this invisible information to make possible the visualization though maps site specific.
The biorobot was created as a new species in this Anthropocene Age, and it was in balance with animals and with Nature as well. It was a metaphoric way to make visible the human activity, exploring natural resources and visualizing different aspects that are very important to take care in order to live in a better world. The robot was made of a mechanical part and a living one (a mushroom). The biotic part was constituted as the brain of the robot guiding its movements and changing its behavior for seeking better environmental conditions. The Life Guardian was a hybrid organism that can be born in these new ages of naturalization and increase of new medias and bio-machines. It had different sensors for collecting the color of the mushroom (in order to know if it changed), temperature, humidity, as well as the presence of pollution and kind of gases in the atmosphere.
In Mongolia (where the project was made), although the place was very clean, the robot detected a little bit percentage of NH3 (presumably, as a consequence of cows). All this information could be seen in a lcd that the robot had in its structure, as well as in an app, in which people could follow where was walking the robot and how were the environmetal conditions.
Invisible cartographies was selected to be done in the 5th Land Art Mongolia Biennial.