Double-Taker (Snout) – interactive installation

Double-Taker (Snout) (2008, 7MB, 52 sec.)

“Double-Taker (Snout)” deals in a whimsical manner with the themes of trans-species
eye contact, gestural choreography, subjecthood, and autonomous surveillance.
The project consists of an eight-foot (2.5m) long industrial robot arm, costumed to
resemble an enormous inchworm or elephant’s trunk, which responds in unexpected
ways to the presence and movements of people in its vicinity. Sited on a low roof above
a museum entrance, and governed by a real-time machine vision algorithm,
Double-Taker (Snout) orients a supersized googly-eye towards passers-by, tracking their
bodies and suggesting an intelligent awareness of their activities. The goal of this kinetic
system is to perform convincing “double-takes” at its visitors, in which the sculpture
appears to be continually surprised by the presence of its own viewers