Handshake, an interactive robotic installation

Sep 28, 2020 - Oct 16, 2020 Handshake More Information

Can robots help us overcome the challenge of living in isolation with constant physical distance, in other words: missing the human touch? «Handshake» is an interactive robotic installation by Swiss design practice AATB that addresses this question from an artistic perspective. The physical setting of the installation consists of two industrial arms, each equipped with an oversized hand that can be controlled by two users from afar.

By connecting to the website, visitors have a chance to control a large and complex robot with ease, and eventually high five a friend or a stranger wherever on the globe. No manual needed! The installation will reopen on the occasion of the «SWISS CREATIVE TALK» livestreaming on SUPER DOMMUNE on October 1, 2020. Do not miss out on the opportunity to experience some digital intimacy through this unique online platform.

AATB (design practice)
AATB is the collaborative practice of Andrea Anner and Thibault Brevet, both graduates from the École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL). Having previously worked on interactive objects and installations, they encountered an industrial robotic arm three years ago. This crystallized an ongoing research around human/machine interactions and led them to investigate the potential of robotics and industrial automation outside the realm of factory floors. Their practice involves a tight connection and understanding of manufacturing processes, ranging from software programming, electronics to mechanical engineering and precision machining. Reflecting on the dissemination and assimilation of robotics into mundane activities, their work critically explores novel situations arising from these shifts. The studio is currently based between Zurich and Marseille.

A project initiated with the support of Swissnex Boston, in co-production with the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan.