What will our streets and cities look and sound like in a driverless future?
On November 15 and 16 international art collective radioee.net (consisting of Sebastian Bellver, Stephanie Elyse Sherman, and Agustina Woodgate)presented AUTOPILOTO, a marathon 24 hour radio transmission on all things self-driving broadcast live while on-the-move from a semi-autonomous vehicle looping the Bay Area.
What will our cities sound like in a driverless future? How will society and infrastructure systems adapt? What might humans do during newfound transit time? In what ways do machines imitate human auto-pilot modes, and vice versa? How can we build equitable, planetary, intelligent transit for all?
Transmitted in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, the broadcast explored how autonomy and automatic movement are transforming Bay Area geographies, societies, and cultures, and included interviews with local drivers, designers, technologists, municipal agents, researchers, artists, scientists, mechanics and more, as well as original soundscapes and live performance. AUTOPILOTO was commissioned by the Lucas Artist Program at the Montalvo Art Center, and presented as part of New Terrains: Mobility and Migration, a series of cross-disciplinary exhibitions, programs and experiences that explore how bodies move through spaces—social, political, literal, and figurative. The broadcast was co-hosted with Trami Cron of Chopsticks Alley Art. Special guests included voices from ARUP; fka SV Inc; Nissan Research Center; SETI Institute; Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, Yu-Ai Kai Community Center, and others, as well as live performance and original sound art by artists Anna Fritz, Taylor Ho Bynum, Motoko Honda, Shane A. Myrbeck & Emily Shisko, and San Jose Jazz. The archived broadcast will be available soon at radioee.net.
See an overview of RADIOEE.net's projects in the trailer below:
Trami Cron (Founder, Chopsticks Alley)
Hong Thinh Vu (Musician/Teacher)
Zelica Rodriguez-Deams (Associate Director, Somos Mayfair)
Jessica Zenk (Interim Deputy Director, San Jose Department of Transportation)
Melissa Cefkin (PhD Principal Researcher and Senior Manager User Experience, Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley)
Tracy Mcloud (Center Director, Avenidas Cubberley Community Center)
Jyllian Halliburton (Volunteer Services Manager, Avenidas Cubberley Community Center)
Lori Wood (Autocross Driver)
Steve Omohundro (AI Scientist)
Stace D. Maples (Geospatial Manager, Stanford Geospatial Center)
Alex Barth (VP Business Development, Mapbox)
Ariel Seidman (Founder, Hivemapper)
Eric Rodenbeck (Founder + Creative Director, Stamen Design)
Pablo Paredes PhD (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University)
Scott Fulton (High School All Stars Coordinator, San Jose Jazz)
Alida Bray (President, History San Jose)
Tom Wohlmut (San Jose Light Tower)
Greta M. Schultz (Senior Counsel, Tyson & Mendes)
Ryan Kawamoto (Executive Director, Yu-Ai Kai Senior Community Center)
Susan Hayase (Activist)
Robin Lasser + G Craig Hobbs (Artists)
Jaime Fearer (AICP Deputy Director, California Walks)
Michelle Maranowski (Curator/Exhibit Designer, The Tech Museum San Jose)
Bryce Hille + Playboyz Inc.
Bay Area Ghosthunters
Christian Roth (Data Scientist, FKA Silicon Valley)
Bill Diamond (President, SETI)
Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer, SETI)
Julie Santiano (Turo car rental user)
Watkins + Peacock
Kevin (Tesla Sales)
All Eyes (Michael)
Robin Anad Ocubillo (Open Space & Public Life)
Jumana Nabti (Manager of Access Programs, BART Transit Planning)
Corrina Gould (Co-Founder + Lead Organizer, Indian People Organizing for Change (IPOC) + Sogorea Te' Land Trust)
Phillip Hermans (Musician + Artist)
Adam Stocker (Research Associate, Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC))
Women's Audio Mission
Melissa Ruhl + Megan Gee (Transportation Planner + Senior Planner, ARUP)
Shane Myrbeck + Emily Shisko (Composers)
Shahid Buttar (Director of Grassroots Advocacy, EFF)
Elia Vargas (UCSC researcher + Sound artist)
Anna Friz + Emmanuel Madan (Founders, The Joy Channel)
Isobel Marcus (VVD Windows)
Motoko Honda (Lucas Artists Residency Program Composer & Musician Fellow)
Project Partners and Sponsors
AUTOPILOTO was commissioned by the Lucas Artists Program at Montalvo Arts Center, 2018 and is presented as part of multi-partner initiative, New Terrains: Mobility and Migration, in association with the San Jose Museum of Art. AUTOPILOTO is supported, in part, by the San José Office of Cultural Affairs and the UC San Diego Design Lab.
Interview Between RADIOEE.NET and Lucas Artists Program Curator Donna Conwell
Lucas Artists Program Curator Donna Conwell sat down with RADIOEE.NET for a wide ranging conversation about their work and upcoming broadcast project AUTOPILOTO. The collective explore their interest in radio and mobility and the impetus for their new broadcast focusing on the evolving technology of self-driving transit in this edited interview. What will our streets and cities look and sound like in a driverless future? How will society and infrastructure systems adapt? What might humans do during their newly available transit time? In what ways do machines imitate human's auto-pilot modes of engaging with the world?
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This November, the Sally & Don Lucas Artists Program at Montalvo Arts Center presents a new commission from international creative collective Radioee.net: AUTOPILOTO, a marathon radio transmission broadcast while on-the-move in a semi-autonomous vehicle traversing the Bay Area, examining how emerging autopilot technologies are transforming the world.
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