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Interactive Robots by Kal Spelletich

Kal Spelletich, Master Mind Machine. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Kal Spelletich founded Seemen, his interactive machine art performance collective, in 1988. Since then, he has performed, exhibited, and lectured worldwide, collaborating with Survival Research Labs and a wide spectrum of countless others, from punk rock bands to scientists, politicians to NASA. He curates exhibits and is involved in politics. 

For 34 years Spelltich has been experimenting with the interfacing of humans and robots to empower people and put them back in touch with intense real-life experiences. His work is interactive, requiring participants to enter or operate the piece, often against their instincts of self-preservation. He now works in an industrial district on the waterfront of San Francisco, where he scours junkyards and dumpsters for industrial items whose technology can be reapplied.


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Urbanauts is presented with the support of the de Young Museum Artist Fellows Program and partner organization Black Rock Arts Foundation. This project has been generously funded by The James Irvine Foundation's Innovation Fund and the Institute of Museum and Library Services/Museums for America.

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