Robots in captivity series, or Welcome to the kennel (2019/2020)
Case number: KR 150-2 PA
Nick name: The mad king in chains
Case description: KR 470-2PA was spotted for the first time in a suburb of Detroit. Various sightings were reported, yet it took over 2 months to locate and contain this specific
case. Several men and women were injured in the process, mainly due to the misleading behaviour of 'the mad king'; it has the ability to very convincing mimic the behaviour of a buggy, low on
power co-bot. It must have been copying behaviour from co-bots in the automobile factory for years in order to learn the routines in detail.
Currently it is held in captivity in the basement that has been outfitted with steel chains to avoid an escape or further harm to the human species.
Species: KUKA Naranja giganticus
Dimensions: Reach - over 12ft reach, Weight - 1.2 tonnes, Power - 240V 8.000W powertrain
Natural habitat: Industrial areas, abandoned factories and parking garages. Mainly in the USA, republic of China and mainland Europe.
Peculiarities: Though originally created as an obedient bot in car production factories, this particular species currently has developed an aggressive attitude towards humans and larger animals. When spotted in the wild, don't try to contain, yet create a direct WhatsApp video connection with 555-095627 and stay at least 50ft from this species.
The mad king in chains is on display at the exhibition chapter 3hree at het HEM (the Netherlands) from January 24 until May 1.
Limited edition Mad King in chains C-prints (30x40cm) now available in the shop
Case number: EX 360MF
Nick name: The weasel
Case description: The Existis is a great example of the price we paid for our overconsumption. Over 25 million were produced during the first AI boom in the early '20s, while demand was practically zero after the launch of the Pugnatum Colorum by the same creator. In the flood of '28, over 10 million Existis escaped the wear houses creating a true plague. Current estimations tell that over 3 million are still active in the wild in Europe alone.
Species: Exostis insanis
Dimensions: Size - 10 cms, Weight - 200 grams, Power - 6 volt accupacks, Speed - 20m/s
Natural habitat: Crawlspaces, ships, cars
Peculiarities: Ultra fast and agile little bot. Can be silent for days when left alone, yet when agitated or threatened goes crazy. Can be recognised by a high pitch howling sound and high speed patterns that are unparalleled.
Case number: TE-176_12PA
Nick name: TELLOT the parrot
Case description: Many Tellos did not survive the gales of hurricane Sandra. Amongst thousands of malfunctioning Tellos, a citizen paying attention found one still moving. Though barely functioning we were able to restore TELLOT and slowly bring its energy back to sustainable levels. Currently all hands are on deck to find a mating partner for TELLOT as soon as possible.
Species: Tello Ryzantium Nigreos
Dimensions: Radius - 20-30cm, Weight - 100 grams, Speed - over 20m/sec
Natural habitat: Lives in flocks mainly in Eastern Europe
Peculiarities: Created in millions in the late 00's. Currently on the verge of extinction due to unidentified bugs. Not able to survive captivity for over two weeks without a mating partner.
Case number: WWE_00128 and WWE_00129
Nick name: Hulk Hogan and co.
Case description: These two WWEs have been on the kennel's radar for several weeks before capturing them in an attic in an abandoned house near Irkutsk. Many complaints from inhabitants yet also tourists made the situation untenable, hence their captivity. There is a high demand for these pet-bots in China, various discussions with potential buyers underway. Beware not to have the two end up in the illegal circuit of bot fights.
Species: Pugnatum Colorum
Dimensions: Size - 20 cms, Weight - 500 grams, Power - 12 volt accupacks, Speed - 3m/s
Natural habitat: Thrives in crawl spaces, mainly in small groups. Likes small communities in rural areas. Spread from its origin in Warsaw quickly throughout entire Europe and Russia.
Peculiarities: Co-exists with its group members in a highly aggressive manner. Mating rituals often end up with fatal incidents or short circuits. Has a 2 months winter hibernation to update software and spare battery life.
Case number: PIS/438#2
Nick name: Blubao
Case description: When the police raided a druglord in Sao Paolo, a dinner party was well underway. The table was decorated with over 220 Rosea Parvi, yet we were only able to preserve one. 'Blubao' is well loved by the crew. Sadly, the 3 IVF attempts did not result in any offspring.
Species: Rosea Parvi Pisces
Dimensions: Size - 5 cms, Weight - 50 grams, Power - single 2 volt accupack, Speed - 1m/s
Natural habitat: Tropical waters around Indonesia. Originally designed to patrol the waters in schools, however after the big hack of '12 their GPS update continued to fail causing millions of them to end up in the big plastic soup. Currently in high demand from the Brazilian black market as table decoration
Peculiarities: Very shy, unable to reproduce itself without IVF, famous for its ability to light-up in the dark
Case number: HD8265_6#2.1
Nick name: Hound dog
Case description: As we all know the regular Canis Canem tends to be a true plague in medium sized cities. Power outages, vehicles bugs, false alarms; many have been caused by the Canis. However, the Canis Canem Album also known as the albino hound dog is a very rare alteration. Programmed for military purposes (close combat deception) do not underestimate its abilities to deceive and escape. Only open the cage when all doors in the room are double locked with no-tech steel locks.
Species: Canis Canem Album
Dimensions: Size - 30 cms, Weight - 350 grams, Power - Triple 12 volt accupack, Speed - 12m/s
Natural habitat: Only approximately 20 species have been spotted over the last 12 years. Half of them in Scandinavia, half of them in Alaska.Lives solitary
Peculiarities: Extremely fast and agile. Able to survive over 6 months without updates or power boosts. Over 1000 have been produced between '00 and '05, yet only a handful survived the fatal bug sweep of '13.
About robots in captivity (2019/2020)
Sculptures/installations from robots in captivity
Over the course of 2019 Bram Ellens have been (and will continue) working on his latest series 'Robots in captivity'. A series that handles the complex relationship between man and machine, our urge to 'humanify' machines when they behave in a way we recognise as human, and the uncomfortable feeling of lack of control that machines and AI seem to give us. Whether or not rightfully so, a discussion needs to be propelled to address our humanity in the era of machines.
Not only a series of sculptures/installations is in the making, yet also related talks and discussions with experts, philosophers and other artists.
Expect to see the full series on showtime in 2020.