San Roque de Cumbaza, Perú.
This first mestizo robot was built in a small village in the Peruvian Amazonia with the help of local assistants. It consisted of a 48-inch diameter covered mud sphere with an internal mobile mechanism.
A series of layered systems define the structure: an interior laser-cut transparent polycarbonate truncated icosahedron; a spherical circle-covering armature made of an indigenous flexible wood (angarilla); and an exterior quincha plaster (mud and thick grass) shell.
Enclosed inside the sphere runs a three-wheeled mobile robot programed with an unpredictable behavior that alters the sphere’s balance and makes it wobble.
Paula Gaetano Adi & Gustavo Crembil
Design Assistants: Tom Roland, Alec Dumond, Cat Callagan, Travis Lydon (RPI)
Quincha and Assembly: Regner Cachique Sangama and Adriel Vazquez Saavedra
Robotic Development: Chris Rogers (Inspectorbots)
Photography and Video: Alejandro Borsani
Residency at Sachaqa Art Center, San Roque de Cumbaza, Perú.
Funded by Fundación Telefónica VIDA 14.0: International Competition in Art and Artificial Life, 2012.