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18 VIRTUAL ROWDY KRAUSE: POINT PELEE

DAVID KADISH

The Rowdy Krause is a strange little creature.


Stuck wherever it finds itself attached, it
cannot locomote. It cannot eat or drink. It cries
out, but it has no one to talk to. It is an
endling, the last of its kind. But even that isn't
quite fitting, for it is also the first of its kind.
Its cries are a search for a home, a place of its
own in the soundscape.

The Rowdy Krause is an exploration of a


notion of endemic robotics. It asks the
question, "can a robot be of a place?" Can it
develop the specificity to be a contributing
member of an ecosystem?What might that
look like, if it were possible?

In the time before the pandemic, The Rowdy


Krause had a physical body, a home in a
garden in Copenhagen. It sensed its
surroundings, listened to the soundscape of
the garden, and evolved a voice to become a
part of the garden's sonic environment.

Now, like the rest of us, it lives online. It


listens to web streams of spaces it can no
longer be in. Though it can no longer
interact with them, it continues to evolve
new voices, awaiting the day when it can
return to the outdoors.

It seeks belonging, but not the


kind of belonging that is
mimetic or apish. The
belonging it seeks is choral,
as the provider of an essential
uniqueness.
Virtual Rowdy Krause - Point Pelee features the
vocalization that has been evolved for Point
Pelee National Park, Canada. It evolved
listening to a live audio stream from the park,
and the evolved vocalizations are interspersed
throughout a 30 minute recording of the stream.

The evolutionary process and the final audio


artwork use a live audio stream from the Following
the Flight of the Monarchs project
(followingtheflightofthemonarchs.com) The stream
was set up by Rob Mackay, Andrew Laforet and
Darlene Burgess and is available through the
Locus Sonus project at
https://locusonus.org/soundmap/051/.

You can find more of David's artwork and more


about the Rowdy Krause at
http://davidkadish.com/portfolio/the-sounds-of-
robots-and-autonomous-agents-in-the-wild/
The Rowdy Krause in its physical form
in a garden in Copenhagen Denmark.

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