International Festival
of Computer Arts

Gallus Gallus Roboticus


Gallus Gallus Roboticus

  • 27th MFRU
  • Artwork
  • konS
Artists Daniel Brownell, Miranda Moss
Gallus Gallus Roboticus

Struck by the fact that 7 billion day-old male chicks are killed worldwide per year as they are considered “uneconomical” by the poultry industry, the starting point for Gallus gallus roboticus is to develop an open source AI that can detect a chicken’s sex in ovo.

Following from this, the project entails fabricating an autonomous walking robot that can tend to diverse facets of a chicken’s needs and wants.

Wondering whether Gallus gallus domesticus, the domesticated chicken, could be considered – within the framework of the Anthropocene – the most or least successful bird from an evolutionary perspective, the project stems from a morbid fascination with the current and historical relationship between chickens and humans and the intricacies and problematics of technological exploitation, selective breeding, symbiosis, domestication, animal rights, farming practices, and food safety and security which riddle this narrative. In this non-human centred speculative design piece, the uncanny valley-inducing autonomous machine will affectionately care for the chickens, posing a question to the viewer whether machines are perhaps more capable of being humane than humans.

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Razvoj projekta v okviru konS – Platforma za sodobno raziskovalno umetnost, ki je bil izbran na javnem razpisu za izbor operacij “Mreža centrov raziskovalnih umetnosti in kulture”. Naložbo sofinancirata Republika Slovenija in Evropska unija iz Evropskega sklada za regionalni razvoj.