With Robots

Diego Trujillo Pisanty (MX)
Objects, 2011

Will robots change our lives, or will our lives change for robots? The field of robotics has recently regained momentum. How might our homes adapt to accommodate them in the future?

With Robots speculates about the changes that will be made to our homes to allow for domestic robots. As our environments are currently designed for humans, one common argument for humanoid robots is that those operating in the home should be modelled on the human form. This exhibit approaches the problem from a different perspective, looking at how our homes and objects might change in order to accommodate the needs of robots.

The scene depicted in the gallery is not set in a specific time, but suggests a near future in which our homes look very much the same as they do now. Certain objects have been redesigned with the tasks of domestic robots in mind, rather than a purpose-built robot that fits the individual home.

What sacrifices are we willing to make in order to have robots in our houses? What effect will this have on the aesthetics and atmosphere of a home? From folding sheets to setting the table, With Robots puts a focus on the chores robots could take on in the future to make our lives easier.

About the artist: 

Diego Trujillo Pisanty was born in 1986 in Mexico City. He holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Mexico’s National Autonomous University and graduated from The Royal College of Art in London with an M.A. in Design Interactions in June 2012. Diego’s background has provided him with a broad set of skills, material knowledge and theory, which he often incorporates into his work. Amongst these are programming, photography, electronics and prototyping. His work is characterised by a subversive take on the implications of technology, presented through images and objects that raise conceptual and aesthetic questions about our technological existence. Diego is currently a Research Associate in Design at Newcastle University’s Culture Lab, and recently concluded a Young Creators fellowship at FONCA, the Mexican Fund for Culture and Arts.