Outrace by Kram/Weisshaar
for Trafalgar Square

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Designers Kram/Weisshaar are to install a robotic "octopus" in Trafalgar Square during the London Design Festival in September.

Called Outrace, the installation will consist of six robotic arms normally used in the car-making industry.

Each will be controlled by members of the public to trace shapes in the air.

Here's a little more information from the designers:


Kram/Weisshaar

The London Design Festival has commissioned Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram to design this year's Trafalgar Square installation.

The installation titled OUTRACE consists of an immense mechanical octopus assembled from six industrial robotic arms on loan from Audi's production line. Custom software developed by the designers will allow members of the public to temporarily take over the installation and render text input as light traces drawn by the synchronized mechanical tentacles. The resulting light paintings will be recorded using specialized high definition video equipment and published online.


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  • Therese Senac

    Those robotic arms will be handy for lifting stuff in my house, with them it will be the end of manual labour in my home *thinks of other possibilities*

  • matt

    wouldn’t this be a hexapus?

  • http://www.asdfghjkl.com asdfghjkl

    Wasn’t our childish awe in robotic arms thoroughly explored in the 90’s? (80’s?) It turned cliche after Chris Cunningham’s robo-erotisch Bjork video. Well, I guess a lot of the general public will not have seen those old videos, nor a CNC machine before, and this will mildly entertain them, however shallow.

    This looks like a high budget version of the vacuous decorative interactive ooh work of the last decade. Ornament is a crime – and post recession, what does this fair ground ride mean? I would have hoped that after the dire Milan fair, London would have aimed for content over spectacle.

    Should have paid these guys instead:
    http://www.break.com/index/robot_arm_ride.html

    (@matt – ‘hexapod/e’ – but good call – did they run out of cash?)

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