Roomba Rumba

Roomba Rumba, 2015
Robotic performance installation with Roombas, potted rubber trees, carpet tiles, sound
Variable dimensions

Pera Museum presents Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry, the first museum survey exhibition of this New York-based artist who moves fluidly between sculpture, performance, video, and writing. Behar is drawn to the often confounding—and sometimes rebellious—ways that people and technologies manage to coexist in digital labor.

Throughout the exhibition, we have been sharing detailed information about the artworks. The last post is about a pair of flirtatious robotic vacuums!

Roomba Rumba, 2015 Robotic performance installation with Roombas, potted rubber trees, carpet tiles, sound Variable dimensions

Roomba Rumba, 2015
Robotic performance installation with Roombas, potted rubber trees, carpet tiles, sound
Variable dimensions

Presenting a pair of robotic vacuums with potted rubber trees strapped to their backs, Roomba Rumba pivots on solidarities between natural and artificial, biological and machinic, behind-the-scenes service work and performative display. The Roombas’ algorithmic movements look choreographed and charismatic, giving us the impression that they are alive, flirtatious, and social. Their leafy dance is accompanied by a karaoke backing track for “High Hopes”, a song made famous by Frank Sinatra. The song’s hero, a “little old ant,” is a worker who overcomes adversity to move a rubber tree plant through irrational aspiration and hard labor. Here the ant is recast as an even more perfect worker—a machine.

“Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry” exhibition can be visited until October 16th! Click here to find out more about the exhibition!

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