This robot seems curious to find its tipping point, searching for the limits of balance without ever really being able to fall over. The machine is playing a children’s game with enormous power and robotic precision.
‘A playful balancing act by a 4 tonne robotic welding arm.’
The robotic arm that plays the main role in this new work by Feigl is commonly used within car manufacturing factories. In a factory setting these robots can handle even the most vulnerable material with the greatest precision and speed, but here the robot is only handling itself. ABB is trying to keep its balance on the semi-circular ball, and is slowly trying to gain control of its peculiar situation. The result is a playful act that balances between fun and fear. When the arm moves, stretches, the balance point of the entire construction shifts which makes the whole machine lean over until it -almost- tips. The robot seems curious to find its tipping point, searching for the limits of balance without ever really being able to fall over. The machine is playing a children’s game with enormous power and robotic precision.
This project is development by Zoro Feigl for RobotLove. In collaboration with JobArt (construction), DWEN (engineering), IRS Robotics (support) Marcel Kerkmans (software) CE-ARBO (certiﬁ cation) and is made possible with the generous support of the Mondriaan Foundation, Stichting Niet Normaal, Verbeke Foundation, Stichting De Besturing, IRS Robotics and all of its collaborators.
About Zoro Feigl
The installations of Zoro Feigl (1983, Amsterdam) seem to be alive. His materials dance and twist. Placed together in a space, the separate works become one: large and ponderous in places, nervous or gracious elsewhere and often with a touch of unpredictable danger.
Feigl’s forms are constantly changing, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly. Without beginning or end the objects seem to be locked into themselves. As a viewer you become entangled in their movements: they embrace and amaze, but sometimes also frighten you.
In collaboration with BPD Cultuurfonds and Prinsenkwartier.