Tuesday, June 30, 2009


This cocktail robot brought home Gold at Robogames 2009 for it's creator Stuart Ferguson.
Read more on Shifz-blog.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Mind Reading Martini Maker

Chris's latest invention: A Martini mixing robot that makes the drink the dryer the more Alpha-waves it finds in your EEG!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Mitch Altman: TVB-Gone

Mitch Altman, inventor of a clever little device called TVB-Gone, dropped by the house this weekend to have a look at Chris's OpenEEG equipment ... and brought with him a TVB-Gone, European version, for each of us!
Later that night he demonstrated the fun that can be had on the expense of innocent TV-watchers with this universal one-button remote-control - it can turn off 99,99% of all TV-sets from a distance. Watch the video for the disclaimer!

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Getting Ready, Part Two

Friday, April 27, 2007

Getting Ready ...

... for Maker Faire and RoboGames: Disassembling Alan.

See also post on SHIFZ-blog.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Eye-Cam Surgery

... performed and filmed by nurschrec! at ROBOEXOTICA 2004


Friday, March 16, 2007

netznetz Community Plenum, March 2007

A few sequences from the netznetz-meeting on March 11th. The Vienna netculture and netart community decides on the allocation of municipal art-funds twice a year. The plenum discussed the modalities for March 25th's voting.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Martini Tinkering at q21

Credits: Expertina
See also TinkerTank

Saturday, January 06, 2007

ROBOEXOTICA 2006 Potpourri

A melange of impressions of ROBOEXOTICA - leaving some of the most interesting robots out, which have partly been featured on SHIFZ-o-Vision before like Robomoji, but partly haven't like Jonathan Moore's External Combustion Machine, which I just had no chance to capture, but of which very fine video does exist by the true professionals that were covering the event.

The video features Vino Viper (interactive wine pouring), DWI-bot (drunken driving simulator), Chapok/Capek (serving shots), El Espanol Borracho (serving flaming drinks) and WERP_bot (cigarette throwing) in action plus some pan-shots of Freiraum etc.

Thursday, December 28, 2006


Cocktailrobot Chapok by David Calkins, SHIFZ-blog post upcoming more on SHIFZ-blog.

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El Espanol Barrocho

Serving flaming Spanish Coffees at ROBOEXOTICA 2006, Simone Davalos' El Espanol Borracho won this year's serving category at the Annual Cocktail Robot Awards 8.0 - more on SHIFZ-blog.

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Snappy BBQ

Kal Spelletich's Snappy BBQ at ROBOEXOTICA 2006.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006


More about the ACRA 8.0 "smoking culture" winner on SHIFZ-blog.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006


At ROBOEXOTICA we had two androids working as entertainment-units: Mr. Electric and Krach, who have both been part of ROBOEXOTICA before.


Friday, December 15, 2006

Kal Spelletich "Dreaming of Regulation"

Artist Kal Spelletich takes a nap at ROBÖXOTICA's symposium Dreams of Regulation.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Vino Viper / Homage to Hermann Nitsch

Kal's Spelletich's Vino Viper produced a Nitschesque painting during the last day of ROBOEXOTICA 2006.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Children's Graves at Central Cemetary, Vienna

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Alcotron by Sergey Teterin

Thursday, November 02, 2006

What's new at WerkzeugH

Monday, October 23, 2006

Sergey Teterin presents SMS Bots at ROBOEXOTICA 2005

Another clip from ROBOEXOTICA 2005 - russian media artist (and current SHIFZ blog - guest-blogger) Sergey Teterin and myself trying to explain the concept of chatbots using telephone-technology to text-message with the user.
And to demonstrate the training process, which quite differs from better known chatbot model Alice.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

ROBOEXOTICA 2005 studio talk II

This panel is composed of organizers of robotic fetivals and events. Sergey Teterin has initiated the machinista-festival, in which machines produce art. David Calkins is the founder of Robogames and other robotic festivities in the US. Among Adrian Dabrowski's activities is helping make the RobotChallenge happen, a robot-competition which includes categories for beginners as well as more advanced challenges.
Moderated by Magnus Wurzer, who's part of SHIFZ's founding-duo of ROBOEXOTICA.


Panel with Jake Appelbaum, Francesca Birks, Kal Spelletich and Cory Doctorow. Moderated by Johannes Grenzfurthner.

We produced this roughly half-hour long studio-talk for a 4hr program on ROBOEXOTICA that "aired" on local community-(cable-)TV Okto - see also this post.

This talk is where the clip in the last post was taken from.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Cory Doctorow and Kal Spelletich in ROBOEXOTICA-talk

Both were guests at ROBOEXOTICA 2005, Cory in talks and Kal exhibiting three of his machines.
Here they are participating in one of the three rounds we held in Okto's studio for a 4hr long program we made for the community channel.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Oskar Fischer conquers MySpace

Another clip shot at Oskar's place yesterday.


Oskar Fischer - drawings

... underlayed with his own music.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Vienna to Berlin (with Cocktailrobots)

Friday, October 06, 2006


Filmed at Technology Night, Sept. 29th 2006 - (Stefan's Video below)

More on Robomoji at SHIFZ-blog.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Tacheles extern

Berlin Mitte, behind the Kunsthaus Tacheles, lies the Tacheles extern, where the Vienniese cocktailrobots were shown last weekend.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Robomoji - mojito-making robot

Robert Martin's cocktailrobot shows off his new ice-dispenser at Technology Night.
Filmed by Stefan Nussbaumer.

Nitrogen Mousse

Molecular Gastronomy / Food Hacking at Technology Night in Berlin's Technikmuseum.

See also SHIFZ-Blog

Cocktailrobots at Technology Night

Last Friday a few cocktailrobots known from ROBOEXOTICA were showing (and mixing/serving drinks or smoking cigarettes) at Technology Night in Berlin.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Brain Race

See also SHIFZ-blog

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Kal Spelletich at ROBOEXOTICA 2005

Three of Kal's amazing machines: Whiskey Pourer, Drink delivery and Snappy BBQ.

Gaston at ROBOEXOTICA 2005

Gingerbreadrobots at ROBOEXOTICA 2005

Those three wired gingerbread robots are remnants of the 300 crafted in 2002.
More on SHIFZ-blog.


RoboFriend by Tom Heike - at ROBOEXOTICA 2005.

Smoking Robot

Bic-o-mat plus at ROBOEXOTICA 2005.

Friday, September 22, 2006

RepRap - Replicating Rapid-Prototyper

See also post on SHIFZ-blog.

Simplest Electric Motor in the World

See also post on SHIFZ-blog.

Aliens abduct Bride and Groom

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Some recent clips

DIY airhockey table at metalab

and straight from the 1980s - Robotender Ernie (thanks Honeybee Robotics).

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

"21st century's right angle"

At raum35, where a musical session with Bragophon took place, architect Heidulf Gerngross, tries to get across his idea of the right angle of the 21st century.
Co-starring Vali Göschl and english tourist Mark.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Trembling Sculpture

Little vid showing my recent latex-sculpture trembling.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Slack Season

Not so many news, shifz-o-visually ... so, like, enjoy some cute kittehs.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Opening of "getuned"

A five minute clip from the opening of getuned - dinge im kontext in Graz, June 10th.

You will notice Chris's Cocktailrobot Alan being embraced by the children present. And the brainwashingmachine installed with a "floating" dummy.

Some of what is left out in the video I got fotos of here.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Cory Doctorow answers questions ...

... after reading at the ROBOEXOTICA 2005.
This is a part of the footage that didn't go into the 4hrs. program on Okto - roughly 10min. of Cory replying to questions from the audience (among them Jake Appelbaum), having concluded the podcast of his story When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth, live at ROBOEXOTICA 2005.

Update: Author Cory Doctorow, who currently lives in California holding a Fulbright Chair at USC's Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy, also wrote a praising article on ROBOEXOTICA in MAKE:06 magazine this spring.

Video from 2003: Cynthia?

Right after the first ROBOEXOTICA, in december 1999, I stumbled upon an newspaper-article about Cynthia, a commercial cocktailrobot, behind a bar in London, at Cynthia's Cyberbar.

In the following years, we established a contact with Dick Becker, the builder of Cynthia and owner of the bar ... alas, he didn't have any good video-material to represent Cynthia at ROBOEXOTICA.

Even worse, when we finally could afford to go to London to make our own video, the club had been sold and renamed to Wicked ... and Cynthia and her brother Rufus were out of service - the new owners didn't want to afford the maintainance for the robots.

So this is the outcome of Fra Ablinger's and my trip:

(Link to YouTube in case your browser doesn't support the embedded vid.)

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Just Sparks!

Sparks are flying as Chris applies the angle grinder to make the new top-cover fit the brainwashingmachine.

Monday, May 22, 2006

6min. clip on ROBOEXOTICA 2005

This is the 6min. feature on ROBOEXOTICA 2005 that opened the Schwerpunkt ROBOEXOTICA program we produced.
With around 80MB as a wmv it's small enough to be accepted at YouTube but much better quality than the ca. 50MB mpg I previously managed to make from the avis that Fra had made from the original movs (which came in filesizes around 2-3GB, as transferring from Mac to PC-harddisc only allowed for files smaller than 4GB).

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Robotchallenge 2006: Clip of Gaston

Cocktailrobot Gaston participated in this year's Robotchallenge at Siemens Center in Vienna.
This Videoclip shows Gaston mastering the parallel slalom ... serving Irish Coffee!

The SHIFZ-o-Vision team has recorded lots more material on location, which rests in the archive for the moment, though.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Bipolar Robot

... a music clip, via the Mocking Minority.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Clips from Schwerpunkt ROBÖXOTICA (dec. 2005)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Video Quiz

This mobile Video was shot in the same Vienna building, where the photo was taken.

Recognize it?

Link to 3gp-movie (download and view with Quicktime)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Time Filler

As it's still some time until any real news from shifz-o-vision may be ripe to break ... here's two ROBOEXOTICA related videos, i posted on SHIFZ-Blog previously:

Adrian's smoking Bic-o-mat Plus and the Gondola, which is permanently installed at VEKKS, Vienna.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Media basics

Media lawyer Maria Windhager gave the Init B workshop on media laws for Okto producers today - teaching over a dozen pupils how to avoid problems on the criminal and civil law side ...
It was quite interesting, generally and with the case examples.
Next will be copyright laws!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

shifz-o-vision 1999

have a look at shifz-o-vision shows from 1999 - as real movies (.rm): link