Mobile robots to support Contemporary Art

upported by the exhibition curator Emma Lavigne, “Rêvolutions” represented France at the 56th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2015. The work of the artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is an installation with trees evolving among the audience according to the rythm of their physiology and weather conditions.

This amazing project that drives visitors into another world, initially aimed at revealing the life of trees by providing them with an autonomy of movement based on their own perception of the environment.


How to translate the poetic dimension of the project in terms of technology?

The three Scots pine, each weighing about 3 tons, are carried by an AGV-type omnidirectional mobile base and guided by radio, allowing them to locate, navigate and move among visitors. They are moving according to the information provided by integrated sensors measuring the metabolism of their sap to match with the trajectories of mobile robots.


This project, result of the meeting of art, science and several technologies, offers an original and poetic representation on the living and on movement.


The involved partners

 Biennale de Venise, BA Systèmes  


video of the projet presented at ICRA 2016

Logo BA Systèmes