The uncanny valley is not a physical place, but rather, it is the idea of a robot being so human-like in behavior, that it can get rather creepy to boot. Artist Jordan Wolfson has crossed into such a territory as you can see from the video above, where this masked animatronic robot will gyrate to a slowed-down version of “Blurred Lines”, in a rather enticing manner. Right now, this animatronic robot remains on display at the David Zwirner Gallery until April 19th next month.
The David Zwirner Gallery website has described it this way, “Presented here for the first time, Wolfson’s animatronic sculpture combines film, installation, and performance in the figure of a curvaceous, scantily clad woman covered in dirt marks and wearing a witch mask. The woman can be encountered on a one-on-one basis in a mirrored room in the gallery, creating a different kind of viewing experience that intensifies the importance of the gaze found throughout Wolfson’s work.”
The animatronic robot remains attached to a wall using a pole in its abdomen, so that it will not simply fall over. Facial recognition technology would enable this robot to hold its gaze at visitors as they walk around, as its face remains hidden under a mask.