Meet The Made is about robotics, and the relationship between robotics and all aspects of human culture.
Our goal with the exhibition was to present a collection of ideas about what robots are or could be, the ways robots reflect our ideas about what it means to be human, and the robot as the current instance of an ancient notional entity that sits at the intersection of the makeable and the only imaginable.
We wanted to include a range of voices and modes of expression in the exhibition. We invited artists who do not commonly make robots to engage in this topic, as they provide some of the most novel and critical perspectives and representations.
In addition, we provided opportunities for robotic artists to produce direct performative engagements between themselves, their work, and the general public. And, to enable the show to evolve and have a life beyond the works, we facilitated the organization of a series of events that brought together diverse groups engaged with robotics, including researchers, activists, architects, theatre professionals, and futurists.
Our hope is that Meet the Made deals with the inevitability that robots will play a very large role in the future of humanity and that living with robots will greatly change the human condition.
- Carl DiSalvo and Ian Ingram, Meet the Made Organizers