Design Incubation Centre: RolyPoly




 
  • ©2011, Design Incubation Centre, RolyPoly
  • ©2011, Design Incubation Centre, RolyPoly

Artist(s):


Title:


RolyPoly

Exhibition:


SIGGRAPH 2011: Tracing Home in The Age of Networked Techniques

Creation Year:


2011

Category:


Installation

Artist Statement:


RolyPoly is a networked installation designed to enable two individuals to “sense” the presence of each other, even though they may be physically apart. The mirrored movements in a pair of RolyPolys is such that a soft tap to rock one will simultaneously rock its partner to the same degree, instantly creating a corresponding reaction in the other. While the Internet provides a vast array of text messaging and video interaction options, RolyPoly offers a unique, spontaneous, and subtle mode of instant communication, exclusively between two individuals. RolyPoly addresses the phenomenon of people living apart and examines gesture as a different mode of communication from speech and text. Through gestures, one is able to bring intimate familiarity to the other party, even when miles apart.