Ouija 2000

From Rhizome Artbase
Ken Goldberg
2001
Description

What is the difference between knowledge and belief?
...And where is Houdini when we need him?

Ken Goldberg
25 August 2001

Ouija 2000
A Collaborative Art Installation
Ken Goldberg, Rory Solomon, Billy Chen, Bob Farzin, Gordon Smith, Steve Bui, Jacob Heitler, Derek Poon, Gil Gershoni, David Garvey, Paulina Wallenberg Olsson, Barney Bailey, and Mark Sottilaro.
The Ouija board is an ancient device for communicating with spirits.
Ouija 2000 is a net art installation, an on-line Ouija board with its planchette mounted on a robotic arm.
Participants logging on to the Web site are given instructions for using their computer mouse to interact with other live players. Ouija 2000 is available twenty-four hours a day, and viewers/users come together to "play" with up to twenty others at a time. In contrast to most teleoperation systems where a single user controls a single robot, in Ouija 2000 multiple users come together to collaboratively control a single industrial robot arm. This suggests the Central Limit Theorem, developed by DeMoivre and LaPlace in 1812. This statistical theorem describes how independent random variables can be combined to yield an estimate that becomes more accurate as the number of variables increases.Ouija 2000 comments on mysticism and technology by posing questions about telepistemology: What can we know at a distance?
http://ouija.berkeley.edu

Ken Goldberg
25 August 2001
Legacy descriptive tags
Rory Solomon, Paulina Wallenberg Olsson, Ken Goldberg, Jacob Heitler, Gordon Smith, Gil Gershoni, Derek Poon, David Garvey, Bob Farzin, Billy Chen, Barney Bailey, Steve Bui, Whitney Biennial, UC Berkeley, MATRIX, Ouija 2000
Attribution: Ken Goldberg
Telematic, Participatory, Collaborative, social space, performance, nostalgia, interact, Java, HTML, Visual, Virtual
Attribution: Rhizome staff
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Variant History
outside link
2001
open submission
25 August 2001
Ken Goldberg