"Anonymous Autonomous Work in Progress Community Demo." Solo exhibition. Duderstadt Center Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. December 1321, 2019.
"Katherine Behar: Anonymous Autonomous." Solo exhibition curated by Andrew Ames and Christine Holtz. Media Arts Gallery, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. JanuaryFebruary, 2018.
Anonymous Autonomous was developed through generous support from the University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art and Design, Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), and Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC), as well as ArtsEngine and UROP (2019ongoing); and the RMU Media Arts Visiting Artist and Scholar Program and a Pioneer Works Tech Residency (20172018); and was further made possible, in part, by support from the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College, City University of New York, a PSC-CUNY Award, jointly funded by the Professional Staff Congress and the City University of New York, and The MacDowell Colony.
2019 VERSION [Supported by University of Michigan Residency] Software Engineering Lead: Fee Christoph Software Team: James Kennedy, Aian Cowart Hardware Engineering Lead: Michael Ploof Hardware Team: Becca Cuomo, Karthik Urs Duderstadt Support: Tom Bray
Photography: Jared Haas (Images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12) and Rachel London (Images 7, 8, 9)
Video: Jared Haas (camera).
Special thanks to the students, faculty, staff, and community at University of Michigan, Stamps School, ESC, IRWG, Duderstadt, ArtsEngine, UROP, and especially the undergraduate students at UM: Fee Christoph, Aian Cowart, Becca Cuomo, James Kennedy, and Karthik Urs
2018 VERSION [Supported by RMU and PioneerWorks Residencies] Computer vision software design: Tommy Martinez Hardware Engineering: Gabe Cottrell Arduino: David Sheinkopf
Special thanks to the students, faculty, staff, community, and Department of Media Arts at Robert Morris University: Andrew Ames, Lindsay Bostwick, Gabe Cottrell, Kaylee Coyle, Tim Hadfield, Christine Holtz, Leslie Koren, Cole Miller, Britta Moletz, David Scott, Arif Sirinterlikci, Conrad Snyder, Patty Then, Chad Wertley, Helena Vanhala, Hyla Willis, Ben Z, Abby Zorich
art: Anonymous Autonomous (Work in Progress Exhibitions)
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Anonymous Autonomous is an interactive installation that transforms empty office chairs into driverless cars. Like autonomous vehicles, the chairs have motors, computer vision systems, lidar sensors, and onboard computers. They robotically navigate a floor drawing of road markings and avoid collisions. Viewers can engage the chairs' algorithms by crossing their paths and by laying strips of paper that serve as lane markings on the floor. The paper lanes reroute the chairs, creating a participatory abstract floor drawing that evolves over the course of the exhibition.
Autonomous vehicles are part of a wave of transformative technologies that utilize automation, deskilling, and algorithmic decision-making. These processes are at odds with classically American values like freedom and individualism, which inspired car culture and the rise of the creative class. Both cars and ergonomic office chairs suggest personal mobility, but now we must be networked together to drive or do office work, making these activities less autonomous and more anonymous than we may imagine. In Anonymous Autonomous the anxiety of anonymity within a vast network spreads from the office cubicle to another kind of autonomous "black box"the driver's seat.