Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

Music, machines and meaning: What art teaches us about robotics and networks

Andrew Cavatorta (http://andycavatorta.com/)
4:35pm–5:15pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Southside Theater (Bldg D)
Average rating: ****.
(4.57, 7 ratings)
Slides:   1-PDF 

Prerequisite Knowledge

Attendees with some background in robotics or music will get the most out of this.


Past: A brief history of technologically mediated experiences, including automata, carillons, and pipe organs, and the first electronic streaming music network from 1897.

Present: An introduction to my own work with sound and robotics, with a focus on process and designing through iterative physical prototypes.

Reflections: Lessons learned. Fake Rules. And the Dark Forest of Decisions.

Future: The next steps in robotics. The emotional subtext of everything. The obvious secret of why public technology projects succeed or fail.

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Andrew Cavatorta


Andy Cavatorta is a technologist and sculptor working with robotics and sound. He is an MIT Media Lab alum, Björk collaborator, TED exhibiting artist, recipient of the Lincoln Prize, with commissions from the Royal Opera House in London, European galleries, and commercial clients. His work is also featured in the MoMA lobby, Spring 2015.