samedi le 15 novembre de 19 h à 20 h 30

radical : vaguely, échange Canada-Bulgarie

Échange Canada/Bulgarie
Projet d'échanges réalisé par Expression et Plein sud en collaboration la SAT.
Commissaires : Rossitza Daskalova (1969-2003) et Svilen Stefanov


Boryana Dragoeva, Roboriada

Performance à la SAT le 15.11.03

Vous voulez être un robot?

Ou peut-être en posséder un?
N’est-ce pas merveilleux – Il fera tout ce que vous lui demandez!
Testez votre robot dans des situations extrêmes,
Il vous représentera au champ de bataille, il y laissera peut-être sa peau,
Mais il peut aussi remporter la victoire!
Soyez un vainqueur!
Tuez le robot de votre ennemi!

Do you want to be a ROBOT?

Or may be it is better to have a Robot?
It can do everything in your command – isn’t it
Put your Robot into extreme situations, it will be at
your place in the battlefield, it could be killed but
it can also win!
Be a winner!

Make your Robot to kill a the Robot of your enemy!


Boryana Dragoeva makes photographs, movies, artistic actions and combinations of all these. Her videos ("Celebrating the Next Twinkling", "Back & Forth", "The Moon and the Sunshine"; "Why Beauties Fall in Love with Beasts") have been shown internationally at venues such as Video Medeja, Novi Sad; VideoPositive, Liverpool; Steirischer herbst, Graz; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; XXL Gallery, Sofia; The 8-th International Biennial, Cairo; Regina Gallery, Moscow; Kunsthalle, Vienna.

Since 2000 Dragoeva is a member of SUPERNOVA Movie Union, founded in 1995 in Moscow by the Russian artist Oleg Mavromatti. In 2001 Dragoeva produced Mavromatti's movie "The Biggest Meatball in the World", 2002 ( an expressive intellectual satire on contemporary art world. The film had its premiere at Film Museum, Moscow.

Her last projects - "Spookybots", "The Citizen Robot", "Robo-Sapiens", "Roboriada" shown at FACT (Film, Art and Creative Technologies), Liverpool, L Gallery Moscow, Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), Montreal, National Gallery of Fine Arts, Sofia- are dedicated to Robot ethics and the rights of the robots in contemporary society.

ROBORIADA 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.

Two Robo-Sapienses
Two users

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 the world.

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 else.

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.