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Motion/Emotion, Opening Reception

Barry Art Museum
Barry Art Museum
Friday, Feb 11, 2022 at 5:00 PM (ET)

The Barry Art Museum is pleased to invite you to join us for the opening of Motion/Emotion: Exploring Affect from Automata to Robots. This event is free and open to the public. (members: register and receive a free drink ticket!) 

Centuries before we imagined robots, mechanical beings were experienced through clockwork-powered sculptures called automata. Designed for amusement, automata would help inspire modern computing and related technologies while also encouraging philosophers, scientists, artists, and others to contemplate the possibilities of artificial intelligence. Dig deep into this lineage from historical dancing automata to robots that are improving human life in the fields of medicine, public safety & psychology. 

Opening event will feature light refreshments & a cash bar, as well as music and mingling! Join us in celebration of this electric exhibition! Registration is encouraged but not required.


Elizabeth King and Richard Kizu-Blair, What Happened, 1991, remastered for high definition video 2008, silent stop-frame animation, two minutes. Image courtesy of Elizabeth King.

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