is an interactive game, similar to electronic games, where two Robo-Sapienses
fight into ‘death’ for their right to live.
Its first stage was the performance Robo-Sapiens a collaborative work
of Boryana Dragoeva and Oleg Mavromatti, which realized the concept
of Robo-Sapiens in practice.
PURPOSE of RS and user's activities
Each RS has a button on its body, which ‘activates’ or ‘deactivates’
it. The other RS must push the button. RS listens to the verbal commands
given to it by its personal user. It does nothing but follows strictly
these commands. RS doesn't improvise, it ‘doesn't exist’
without a user.
When two RS fight, they must be activated. The button on their torso
is lighten up. When the button of one of them is pushed by the other,
RS is deactivated and stands still. It ‘dies’. The judge
activates it again and the new round begins.
The game is divided into three parts, each consists of 3 rounds. The
rounds continue till the time one of the buttons is pushed. Since there
are different levels of computer games experience of the audience, the
rounds could last few seconds or could be endless.TThis performance
is proclamation of SUPERNOVA ideas of prevention of cruelty to robots
and setting up laws for equal rights of robots and human beings. Supernova
Group proclaims itself against the cruelty of human beings, who produce
fighting or military robots, who must kill each other on the sake of
their human-master's pleasure or satisfaction of his ambitions to rule
That's why we put in the same robot-slave position a human being (on
the first stage of the project we put ourselves) - the position of ROBO-SAPIENS.
Our aim is to produce a certain therapeutic effect - to make people
LOVE a different entity. Boryana's motto is ‘If one is capable
to love a robot, he is capable of loving anything else’.
Very important part of the project is the investigation of the experience
of people - Robo-Sapienses. It is documented in a series of interviews,
which are part of the movies about Roboriada.
This investigation shows human submissiveness and will to be irresponsible.
At the beginning, usually performers are afraid of the costumes. They
think the costumes are too tight and they won’t be able to see
and speak, or that the audience will ask them to do something silly
or dangerous. After the performance ALL of them want to repeat it. It
could be explained (corresponding Boryana's experience as RS) with a
certain euphoric feeling of freedom one has, when not taking responsibility
for making decisions.
The fact that RS doesn't see the audience is also a factor of liberation.
Some of the performers say it is a good experience of relaying on somebody
All this seems to contradict the basic concept of humiliating a human
being by putting it into a robot-slave position, but it is basically
because nobody feels a real pain or really dies. Nevertheless very often,
the users behave cruelly. They ask RS to go towards the wall and hit
its body on it.