Josh - Sandpit

MOD.
Josh

THE BRIEF..........................

To create an interactive work called Josh for MOD. 

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THE PROJECT.........................

Sandit was commissioned by the Museum of Discovery (a new museum focused on science, art and technology) to create an interactive work called Josh.

Exploring concept of ‘uncanny valley’ theme, Josh takes for the form of a highly realistic animatronic head which can speak to you. The character, a teenaged boy, is in a dream state – is what he is seeing and feeling really happening?

As you approach the work, it’s eyes follow you, and it whispers thoughts or phrases – sometimes amusing, pedestrian or surreal.

The work seeks to make the viewer question their empathy and compassion for robots, and what the future of robot rights might look like as artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated and closer to actual human behaviour.

Created in collaboration with animatronic props maker Marshall Tearle, Sandpit developed unique software to allow the head to look at individual visitors, and playback complex servo animations and audio which bring the work to life.

THE TECHNOLOGY..........................

Animatronics & Custom software 

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