Thursday, February 07, 2008

predictable like robots

Responses to the last post show that distinct blogging communities are alive and well. The comments here were quite different from the responses to the same post on a different blog, but were they any less predictable? Mother of Shrek's post had a lot of the standard comments you'd expect in a place where appreciation of the arts isn't a priority, whereas at this address the experts were almost coming to blows over whose 6 out of 6 was the best 6 out of 6. OK, so I'm overstating it slightly, but it was definitely predictable. Predictable like a robot maybe? (bad segue ... arrr...) But wait! I would never dare suggest that robots are incapable of acting like anything other than robots, especially when they can do this:



If they can draw then they can paint. And if they can paint, how about a little dance number? But all this art-making and performing is exhausting, even for a robot, so it must be time for recess. I admit that these are clever hunks of junk, but they'll never surpass our God-given role as masters of the universe (Kirk: "We'll make a human out of you yet!" Spock: "I hope not"). Will they?

It's so much better when people are unpredictable, though:

19 Comments:

Blogger Caroline said...

I like the quill pen that's a neat touch for producing a less mechanical line!

7/2/08 1:32 PM  
Blogger Alda said...

The robot is cool, but I LOVE the frozen people. I would have been totally psyched to take part in that!

7/2/08 1:33 PM  
Blogger citizen of the world said...

Oh my God, that was fantastic (the frozen guys). I'd love to get to be part of soemthing like that.

7/2/08 4:56 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Caroline, Alda and Citizen: You must also check out the link above the frozen people that says "will they?" if you have a chance.

7/2/08 5:11 PM  
Blogger Lord Tennisanyone said...

That robot voice is a cross betwixt Stephen Hawking and Hal 9000 from 2001.

I think that these bloody machines should all be unplugged before the whole bloody thing gets out of hand.

7/2/08 10:01 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Well, the robot draws better than I do!! and the frozen people were oh so cool!! but to be honest if I were a spetator, it could have freaked me out a bit, like an out of body experiance.

8/2/08 7:00 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

I like the sporty robot. If it will clean my house for me, I am all for it. :-)

8/2/08 7:55 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Lord Tennisanyone: I'd know you anywhere. Excellent new persona.

Michelle: Me, too, but what fun to be there.

Jan: That would be Rosie from the Jetsons.

8/2/08 10:21 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

the frozen thing gave me shivers - absolutely wonderful!

9/2/08 9:27 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

I live in SF and was lucky enough to see the mud people a few times - nude, covered with mud, sudden swarms of them interacting w/ non-mud people throughout a busy plaza, then gone. Magic. Shakes everyone out of a soul-numbing day.

9/2/08 9:29 AM  
Blogger girl work studios said...

Frozen people - love ideas like that, jolting people out of their everyday routines. Maybe not so, so unexpected in a place like NYC, I imagine there would be a more extreme reaction in a small town.

10/2/08 11:16 AM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

I hope that the robots have FUN!!! As much as I had watching the frozen people! :)

10/2/08 1:21 PM  
Blogger Lord Tennisanyone said...

That is so freaky!
All of those people freezing is exactly what it is like to be on acid?!
(so I've heard)

Awesome opportunity for gropers and pickpockets!

12/2/08 7:53 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I loved the "freeze out", Andrea - to be honest, it brought tears to my eyes for some reason.

12/2/08 10:08 AM  
Blogger JafaBrit's Art said...

i LOVE the frozen people! Sits well with my quirky nature, I can't stop laughing at the reactions.

In regards to art work done by animals, it is still a human who curates and chooses which accidents have visual merit and then shows to the public. It still involves a human who is using an animal as a tool to implement a creative venture.

13/2/08 4:41 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Hayden: I have never heard of the mud people. I love the whole premise. Lucky you to see some.

Ellen: I think you should stage an 'event.' Your town would be quite shocked I think!

MP: I did, too. I had to watch it at least twice.

Cynthia: Don't you wish you lived soemwhere like NYC or London just to see these great creative events?

JafaBrit: Not altogether dissimilar to those child prodigies with the behind-the-scenes parents, is it?

13/2/08 2:23 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

I really liked the planned freezing people video. I know it would freak me out. For those few minutes, the questions that would go through your mind! Even watching it shakes me up. If I had one of those types of experiences every so often, people acting unpredictably, it woud truly add a happy shock to my life. I watched it a few times and showed it to everyone within reach of my computer.

18/2/08 7:52 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

I really liked the planned freezing people video. I know it would freak me out. For those few minutes, the questions that would go through your mind! Even watching it shakes me up. If I had one of those types of experiences every so often, people acting unpredictably, it woud truly add a happy shock to my life. I watched it a few times and showed it to everyone within reach of my computer.

18/2/08 7:53 AM  
Blogger Vienna for Beginners said...

Never mind, now they're moving! :-)))
Great great great, love it. Thanks!

6/3/08 2:13 AM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home