Telepresent water, robot arms in Tokyo show

The cameras in Mikami Seiko's "Desire of Codes" move and track visitors like an insect swarm.

Ryuichi Maruo (YCAM))

TOKYO–Walking into Mikami Seiko’s installation “Desire of Codes” feels like taking a trip into the mind of a robot.

In a large, dark room, cameras on articulated robotic arms swing from the ceiling and track your face, only inches away.

On a nearby wall, 90 small robotic arms, some equipped with sensors and cameras, whirr and click like so many metallic caterpillars as they track your movements.

They’re watching you and recording you, then mixing the footage in a giant projection at the rear of the space. Like an enormous insect eye, it shows a multifaceted pastiche of quick clips taken in the room as well as from surveillance cameras around the world. Check out this video of a previous version.

The effect is disorienting. Welcome to the machine.

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