Kacie Kinzer Wants To See If Humans Will Help The Tweenbots

Designer Kacie Kinzer asks the question, would total strangers help a little robot?

I wondered: could a human-like object traverse sidewalks and streets along with us, and in so doing, create a narrative about our relationship to space and our willingness to interact with what we find in it? More importantly, how could our actions be seen within a larger context of human connection that emerges from the complexity of the city itself? To answer these questions, I built robots.

The Tweenbots only go in a straight line, their only hope of reaching their destination is a help flag asking anyone to point them in the right direction.

The results?

Mission 1: Get from the Northwest to the Southwest Corner of Washington Square Park [in NY]
Time: 42 minutes
Number of people who intervened: 29

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Rick Abruzzo has been involved in numerous fringe and culture jamming art events in his hometown of San Francisco, notably Urban Golf, Urban Iditarod, 9.8th Fighting Kite Brigade and the Cacophony Society.