BACKGROUND"Reflexive Engineering, Embodied Agents, and Culture as a Domain"
Simon Penny employs robotic technologies to produce behaving, quasi-intelligent art
works. He will screen a video of his latest robotic project, Petit Mal, in which an
autonomous creation serves as an actor in social space. Petit Mal, a work of "reflexive
engineering," embodies a critique of conventional engineering. Penny will discuss this
critique and examine the aesthetic and theoretical issues that arise in the artistic use of
autonomous agents and self organizing systems.