The Center for Counter-Productive Robotics, ECAL, CH, 2017
AATB mentored a workshop for the Bachelor in Media and Interaction Design. The workshop aimed at exploring creative and alternative uses for a collaborative industrial robot, outside of a production environment.
In this day and age, robots are presented as the embodiment of precision, speed and efficiency. And they are: working relentlessly, day and night on factory floors around the world, churning out goods faster than ever. As a consequence their practical use is mostly limited to capitalistic logics expecting return on investment, or academic logics expecting research publications. The Center for Counter-Productive Robotics is an island where these concerns are thrown out of the window, and robots are deliberately approached with failure, laziness and clumsiness in mind. In this way the center develops a more human-centric approach to robotics.