Friday, July 22, 2011

CMU Ph. D. Student Starts First Robot Film Festival In NYC

OK, this sounds like an incredibly fun event but on some deep level it pisses me off.

From Wired Magazine

"The two-day event kicks off Saturday and is the brainchild of Heather Knight, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotic Institute and founder of Marilyn Monrobot — an outfit that devises socially intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art. Knight also gave what must be the only TED talk to date in which a human acted as compeer for a robot comedian — in her case one called Data after the Star Trek character.

Speaking to, Knight explains that people were asked to submit films that told a story with robots — whether as characters or simply, as Knight told New Scientist, “just dramatically intertwined into the context of the story.”

Why isn't this happening in Pittsburgh? It's being started by a student here and few other places are have as much street cred in this area.

Sadly, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that local funders wouldn't have supported an idea like this. Most projects here are either 90% outsider --a famous artist brought in to show- "we got class", "Here's some real art" -or 90% local artists--"isn't that nice, we paint too".

Separate is inherently unequal.

Just from a simple marketing and tourism perspective-isn't it pretty clear we need more ideas to mix and show off both local and non local talent in the same event? This is a film festival, one of the most simple and portable concepts to create this kind of interaction with.

Anyone attending? What localy made ideas or films are involved?

Hear Heather talk about the project here. (which I haven't done yet.)

Found this via Pop City

Festival details.

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