/ by Basse
Hello! Yes, yes, I am here also, believe it or not.. I just have been slacking on these blog entry writings. Not exactly my cup of coffee, but hopefully I get more into it later on. Maybe not, ok. but. had to write something, so here it comes: THE ROBODOCK REPORT!
There is a annual festival in Amsterdam called Robodock. It’s a mixture of circus, music, art, movies, robotics and everything that goes BOOOM!.. it looks and feels like straight from Mad Max. Naturally, we had to be there.
The Rocketfish. It’s a shaky looking fish, put together from scrap metal. It’s attached on a stick, and on the other end of the stick there is a rocket engine. You sit on it, they start the rockets, and it goes round and round and round. and makes horrible noise. after couple of rounds the engine is burning red hot, and whole thing looks like it’s going to either explode, or shoot off to the sky. Bassam actually wanted to try it, but instead we went inside, to a small dark room to sit in a mud and look northern lights.
Dante Orgel. 10 huge flame throwers in two rows, and some sort of boom device. All synced to a techno music, shooting huge pillars of fire in to the air. Even though it was already getting chilly outside, these guys kept us warm nicely. And, in the end of the show, they kept them all firing simultaneously, until audience started to flee from the heat :) A real fieldtrip for us pyromaniacs, and sort of made up the loss of not having sauna here…
Oh, and check the video clip.
Stelarc. He has been building electronic devices and mechanical extensions for human body for ages.. and I was quite happy to notice that he did a little demo at Robodock this year the first time. It was spider-like exoskeleton, that he was strapped onto and drove around the place, eyes closed, dancing to the rhythm.. Sometimes it looked like the machine is in control, and the he was just enjoying the ride… Freaky, yet schweet.
Dead Chicken was installation ugly puppets in a cabinet, that twitched around.. next to it was a of robotic monster heads that sang something completely uncomprehensible when you pushed the buttons. But they all looked hilarious. Outside there was a guy driving around in strange car that shooted fire from the ceiling. and a small container filled with musical instruments controlled by machines, that played random noise at you. Lovely. And of course lot of fire breathing and juggling.
Anyways there was simply too much of things for here to mention all of them, something was happening constantly, and we probably missed a lot.. Check out their website for more information. We had a great time, saw lot of weird installations and exhibitions, and of course, took lot of pictures for reference. Afterall, we are not on holiday here, but working, right.. right? :)