VIDA 9: "Art, Robotics and
Fundacion Telefonica - Madrid
||FUNDACIÓN TELEFÓNICA PRESENTS THE
VIDA WORKSHOP SERIES
The VIDA WORKSHOP series has been created to promote the production of artwork
that addresses the concept of Artificial Life. These workshops will be given
by some of VIDA’s award-winning artists. Through discussion and hands-on
explorations using technological tools participants will further develop their
appreciation of artificial life from an artistic perspective.
The first workshop will be given by France Cadet, first-prize winner of VIDA
6.0 for “Dog (Lab) 01”. She will explain how she performed behaviour-changing
modifications on I-Cybies robotic dogs. Participants will have the opportunity
to create their own dog by dismantling and hacking into default features with
C programming, and soldering new electronic components into robot dogs. These
new creations will all be displayed on the last day of the workshop.
This workshop is open to artists, technophiles, inventors or anyone interested
in the intersection of art, technology and cognitive sciences.
Day 1: 12 April 2007
The first morning was dedicated to a presentation of each participant,
a demonstration of the robot dog and a quick overview of France Cadet’s
There were 8 participants and 4 dogs.
The afternoon we took some tools and started to take the dog apart…
We had to add a switch to turn on and off the dog and a serial connection to
the dog's main chip: for this we used a small female mini-jack.
All the technical details are avalaible here
in the Toys hacking section.
Day 2: 13 April 2007
Once the serial connection and the switch have been soldered we
had to download the bootloader inside the dog to be able to reprogram the new
2MB flash memory that we have added.
Now we can start to make some programming tests before reassembling the dog.
Day 3: 14 April 2007
This day has been spent making some programs and experimenting
the different sensors.
During the afternoon the last adjustments have been done for the Dorkbot presentation
we have to do in the evening.
Presentation at Dorkbot Madrid #20
Presentation at La
Dinamo for Dorkbot
Little overview of the different artworks France has made by hacking some I-Cybies:
robotic cat dream of electric fish?
- Hunting Trophies
Demonstration of the robotics dogs which has been hacked and reprogrammed during
Each participant has shown and explained its robot, how they hacked them and
what kind of program and behaviour they have achieved, the different sensors
and interactions that have programmed. They gave their impression about the
workshop and made a little demo.
Photos by RinzeWind