Double-Taker (Snout)

August 12th, 2008

Double-Taker (Snout) is an interactive installation by Golan Levin.

The project consists of an eight-foot (2.5m) long industrial robot arm, costumed to resemble an enormous inchworm or elephant’s trunk, which responds in unexpected ways to the presence and movements of people in its vicinity. Sited on a low roof above a museum entrance, and governed by a real-time machine vision algorithm, Double-Taker (Snout) orients itself towards passers-by, tracking their bodies and suggesting an intelligent awareness of their activities. The goal of this kinetic system is to perform convincing “double-takes” at its visitors, in which the sculpture appears to be continually surprised by the presence of its own viewers – communicating, without words, that there is something uniquely surprising about each of us.

Doubl-Taker (Snout) by Golan Levin

Double-Taker (Snout) by Golan Levin

Double-Taker (Snout) by Golan Levin

More pictures in this Flickr set.
found at rebel:art

2 Responses to “Double-Taker (Snout)”

  1. Golan Levin @ TED - today and tomorrow Says:

    […] of the speakers at TED last February. He has done the most amazing projects like Messa di Voce or Double-Taker. Yes, I’m a fan. So I can recommend to watch this his […]

  2. . Says:

    Yes the double take movements are convincing However.
    Acclimatize those youth to being video taped, and give it an inviting presence.
    Fail artform. Honestly. Just because something is novel does not make it have value.
    Excuse the political critic, Art is not a vacuum from social context.

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