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"ARTificial Intelligence: Toy and Model Robots, Pulp-fiction Space Adventure Novel Covers, and Other Robot Memorabilia"
2002-04-09 until 2002-06-16
Tacoma Art Museum
USA United States of America
Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) presents ARTificial Intelligence, an exhibition of toy and model robots, pulp-fiction space adventure novel covers, and other robot memorabilia from local toy collectors.
As science has fine-tuned computer technology, art has given a graphic shape to the forms it might take. In Isaac Asimov’s classic novel, I, Robot, he formulates the Three Laws of Robotics, the first being a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
These conflicting images and ideals -- robot as protector versus robot as servant -- set the stage for TAM's exhibition, which explores interpretations of the robot in literature, film and pop culture.
Vintage movie posters and lobby cards from such films as Tober the Great, The Invisible Boy and The Day the Earth Stood Still show renditions of film industry robots. A looped version of the popular computer game The Sims(tm), a simulated cast of characters that live their daily lives in cyberspace, depicts the pop culture ideal of designing and programming a world you control. Also included are original sketches from The Sims™ new expansion packs Hot Date and Vacation, an animation cell from the Jetsons with Rosie the Robot and a selection of science fiction novels featuring fantastic covers of space adventures by Ace Doubles.
This exhibition is supported by The Boeing Company and the Ben B. Cheney Foundation.