Not exactly lighting related, but had to share this find. Kacie Kinzer built robots to explore how people interact with physical space and documented her work at www.tweenbots.com.
These little cardboard robots, called Tweenbots, roll along at a constant slow speed, smiling and bearing a flag that says, “Help me!” Inevitably, the robot runs into an object, and depends on the kindness of strangers to help him on his way. The result is a journey of interaction between people and the Tweenbot.
Kinzer writes: “The Tweenbot’s unexpected presence in the city created an unfolding narrative … The journey the Tweenbots take each time they are released in the city becomes a story of people’s willingness to engage with a creature that mirrors human characteristics of vulnerability, of being lost, and of having intention without the means of achieving its goal alone.”
Check out one Tweenbot’s travels and interactions in the below short movie, recorded using a hidden videocamera.