May 22, 2018

Amsterdam exhibition has robots interacting with animals

Filed under: Animals,Technology by Orangemaster @ 8:22 pm


Machine Wilderness, an exhibition with Ian Ingram, Driessens & Verstappen, Rihards Vitols and Jip van Leeuwenstein in Amsterdam until 8 July explores together with artists, designers, ecologists, engineers and scientists, the role of technology in nature, which is now ‘a permanent and integral part of our landscapes’.

Machine Wilderness presents work of four artists who develop robotics. They explore how technology engages the surrounding and chaotic living nature. It is a work in progress in which the artists develop new robotic projects for specific ecosystems in Amsterdam’s Amstelpark, and experiment with the interaction between technology and the living creatures in the park.

Visitors will be able to see the artists at work in the park at various stages of the development of the work. Newly developed work and documentation will be added over the course of the exhibition, making it worthwhile to visit the exhibition several times.

Watch the video of a robot that warns squirrels of predators using a ‘tail-flick alarm system’ like squirrels use.

Ian Ingram || Danger, Squirrel Nutkin! (2009) from Ian Ingram on Vimeo.

(Links:, Photo of Jip van Leeuwenstein’s robot that imitates the oak processionary caterpillar by

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June 21, 2007

The caterpillars come marching one by one

Filed under: Animals,Dutch first by Orangemaster @ 10:45 pm

Although quite common in the southernmost province of Limburg as well as in Belgium, for the first time ever processionary caterpillars have been spotted in the Kralingse Bos, a forest in the middle of the city of Rotterdam. In Belgium, they even got the army to combat these caterpillars whose hairs can give people rashes and make them itch. As of tomorrow, the city of Rotterdam will start killing the critters, although they are few in rank. Due to the warm weather, they decided to go North.

(Link: Blik op nieuws)

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