This July 16th-17th, 2011, the world’s first Robot Film Festival will take place at the Three Legged Dog Art and Technology Center in New York City. The event was created by roboticist Heather Knight, who is currently conducting her doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute while running Marilyn Monrobot Labs in NYC, which creates socially intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art.
Last year, Knight worked with Syyn Labs on OK Go‘s famous viral video This Too Shall Pass. “I realized how incredibly talented entertainers are at engaging and touching an audience. They know how to craft a story that will go viral. Meanwhile, as engineers and roboticists, we’re good at packing something together and making something work. It seems like a perfect marriage to combine those communities for inspiration and the ability to follow through,” says Knight. Knight (pictured below) hopes the festival will inject a sense of playfulness into traditional science and engineering, while exploring new frontiers for robotics before the technology is even possible.
Out of 74 films submitted, 53 were accepted. Criteria included relevance to robotics, storytelling, length, depiction of interaction between robots and people, overall entertainment value, inspiration of future technologies, creativity and robot design. The two-day celebration of robots is a red carpet event complete with cocktails, photo ops and technology-based art installations cherry picked from the NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Dress is black tie and robots are encouraged to sport sequins.
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