International Festival
of Computer Arts

Gallus, Gallus Roboticus

Project

Gallus, Gallus Roboticus

  • 28th MFRU
Artists Miranda Moss, Daniel Brownell
Gallus, Gallus Roboticus

The presentation of Gallus gallus roboticus at MFRU stands as an incubation, rehabilitation, educational and continued research space, where rescued battery hens, usually killed as they are considered uneconomical by the industry due to a drop in “normal” (actually totally abnormal) egg production, will be rehabilitated before being rehomed to a free range space, while the Artificial Intelligence can be trained on complex real-world data, assisted by gallery visitors.

Wondering whether Gallus gallus domesticus, the domesticated chicken, could be considered – within the framework of the Capitalocene – the most or least successful bird from an evolutionary perspective, as well as a prized artifact of human biotechnology, 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.

Gallus gallus roboticus thus speculates whether machines are perhaps more capable of being humane than humans – and, conversely, whether an AI trained by chickens could be more ethical than one trained by humans.

Project development website: https://mirandamoss.com/gallusgallusroboticus/