an interactive installation by Yacine Sebti (2004)

Help Me was exhibited in Brussels at:

Festival Subliminal, Beursschouwburg, Jan 2005
Infiltrations Digitales, Dexia Art Center, Nov 2004

A miniature robot-car is placed in an enclosed space from which it can't escape. It follows the movements of the audience, begging visitors for help, and collecting portraits of encountered users.
"Help me" is a play on imprisonment, memory, a reflection on the nature of machines and their limits.

"Help Me" is an attempt to transform an inexpensive remote control electric toy car into an autonomous robot using off-the-shelf technologies. The challenges are both technical in the vision techniques for the car to recognise surrounding users and conceptual in the design of a system of behaviors responding to users' actions.

Help Me was first presented at Infiltrations Digitales, Festival Maïs, Brussels, in November 2004

SEE THE VIDEOS: at Infiltrations Digitales, at Subliminal


Concept and development:
Yacine Sebti


iMAL - interactive Media Art Lab, Brussels.

Documentation: texts, pictures & video by Yves Bernard

CONTACT: Yves Bernard


Apple G4, DFG1394 video digitiser from The ImagingSource, i-cube, remote control toy-car, microcamera and HF video link, monitors or videobeams (at Subliminal, Help Me used the waouw multiscreen system of Periactes);
developped in Max/MSP+SoftVNS

From top to bottom, photos made at: Subliminal,
Infiltrations Digitales
Infiltrations Digitales
See other works of Yacine:
Meet Somebody (installation)