My name is Che Edoga. I earned a master's degree in Composition with New Media at California Institute of the Arts, and I have been building robots and kinetic sculptures for over ten years. I have been composing music and performing as an instrumentalist for more than thirty. I currently work as a science and robotics teacher at a high school in Washington and am very active in the robotics community. I have written a book on robotics and perform regularly with local bands.
For the past several months I have been working on a project called The Seed.
The Seed is a modular, immersive, multimedia art gallery and performance space. The space is designed to be broken down and moved from location to location. At its core, The Seed is about more than simply displaying art. The Seed is an experience, a mobile party of sorts, in which a cast of three robot performers share stories through projected images, video movement, and sound.
The backbone of The Seed is a recording booth and website. Users and viewers at The Seed will have the opportunity to share stories that they would like to make a part of the collective experience. As they talk, a computer using sensors will record their movements, posture, and gestures while recording their voices. Other users can upload video segments, pictures and, sounds to a central website. The robots will then use the media they have collected to share the stories with other viewers and users of The Seed.
The Seed is designed to be collapsible and easily transportable from location to location. The work is scalable. Over the first two years The Seed will be able to travel to around the country, collecting and sharing our stories in a way we have never seen before.
For the first performance, the robots will perform the Oedipus Cycle, a series of three Greek tragedies. Perhaps it is a consequence of growing up in the era of talk show TV, or the way in which Facebook encourages us to live our lives in public, but I have always been drawn to these stories. In this modern reinterpretation of Sophocles’ three Theban plays, the robots play the part of servants who served the three main characters: Laius, Oedipus, and Antigone. The three robots tell the story of their masters while playing back recordings they have made in their masters' own voices to music and video. Each robot will be equipped with a small projector, and a central computer will use one large projector to create an immersive experience for the audience.
Currently the first of the three robots has been built, the face tracking and projection software is 90% completed and tested, the libretto has been written, and the music is being arranged.
This is an independent project. I have no corporate sponsors and am doing most of this on my own. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this project to the world. With your help, I can purchase gallery materials, sound and projection systems, and build the two remaining robots for the performances.
Every little bit helps!
Thank you for your support,