META Marathon – Robotics / contribution: Robotic Swarm

Friday, March 15th, 9:00 p.m. – Sunday, March 17th, 2019, 9:00 p.m.
NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Ehrenhof 2, 40479 Düsseldorf
Organizer: NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Office (participation with program item “Robotic Swarm”)

42 hours non-stop living, loving, celebrating and working with robots: The META MARATHON 2019 is dedicated to the topic of robotics on March 15th – 17th, 2019. Visitors can not only take part in workshops, talks and performances, but also share their living space with robots, including the opportunity to stay overnight at the NRW-Forum and meet the probably currently most famous robot in the world, Sophia.

What happens when robots leave the industrial context and become part of our everyday life? What does society have to be prepared for when automated processes are carried out by machines and decisions are made without human intervention? How do robots change our actions and feelings? Are machines becoming more human-like or human emotions more machine-like? Can robots help us to relax and decelerate and what does a culture of intelligent robotics look like?

The office contributes to the META MARATHON on Sunday, March 17th, 2019, 11:00 a.m.:

Robotic Swarm

Presentation & Talk (with the office / with: Katrin Hochschuh, Adam Donovan, So Kanno / Moderation: Klaas Werner

The artist duo Katrin Hochschuh and Adam Donovan have invented, developed and programmed non-humanoid swarm robots. In this event, presented by the office, Katrin and Adam show how they work, both in the technical process and on a conceptual level, focusing primarily on their current work “Empathy Swarm”.

These were developed as antithesis or extension to humanoid robots like the famous “Sophia”. They want to show that non-humanoid robots can also learn and create a feeling of empathy and compassion. So Kanno, whose work “Lasermice” also deals with swarm behavior, joins the discussion.

Further informations about the META MARATHON 2019 are available at

The office was funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Office hosted by: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund.