Objects not quite yet alive but also not dead
AATB is the collaborative practise of Andrea Anner and Thibault Brevet, both graduates from ECAL, the studio is currently based between Zurich and Marseille. They came to the Department of Design and Architecture at the Iceland University of the Arts and gave a workshop for students in the product design program and graphic design program, as well as giving a lecture about their works and researches.
The lecture was given the 21st of March 2019 at 12:15 in the Department of Design and Architecture, lecture hall A, Þverholt 11. Below you can find a recording from the lecture.
Having previously worked on interactive objects and installations, AATB encountered an industrial robotic arm three years ago. This crystallised an ongoing research around human/machine interactions and led them to investigate the potential of robotics and industrial automation to exist outside the realm of factory floors.
Their practise involves a tight connection and understanding of manufacturing processes, ranging from software programming, electronics to mechanical engineering and precision machining. Reflecting on the dissemination and assimilation of robotics into mundane activities, their work critically explores novel situations arising from these shifts.