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Cat Royale | Video Installation

Dates(s)

19 Jan 2024 - 18 Feb 2024

Venue

Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

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Event Info

Would you trust a robot to care for your pet?

This free video installation shows three cats – Ghostbuster, Pumpkin and Clover – living inside a custom-built environment created by artists for 12 days. Their every need was catered for: food, drink, air conditioning, high ledges to watch from, cubbyholes to snooze in and a floor-to-ceiling scratch post.

At the centre of the room was a robot arm controlled by an AI connected to a computer vision system. Every few minutes the AI instructed the robot to offer a game to the cats. Over time, it learned which games each cat liked best. The robot threw balls or dropped them into a ball run, dangled feathers, offered snacks, introduced a cardboard box, rang bells and dragged a toy mouse.

The results of this unique project by Blast Theory are presented via a seven-hour film which will be played daily in Bocs.

Come along to witness this utopia where cats live in harmony with artificial intelligence.