Robot sex automaton art

Artist Michael Sullivan is making a movie called “The Sex Life of Robots,” and he has a robot porn installation going on display at the Museum of Sex in NYC this week. Snip from Wired item by Dylan Tweney:

While making an animated war movie featuring armies of battling robots, filmmaker Michael Sullivan began to get a new idea: His film should feature non-stop robot sex.

The Sex Life of Robots centers around a robot baby and his mother scanning their home computer for porn. It shows -- in graphic detail -- the scenes of robot coitus that pop up on their screen. "It's supposed to be like a silent robot porno movie from another planet," Sullivan explains. Despite the subject matter, Sullivan's creation exhibits a high degree of artistry. His eye for detail gives his movies a gritty, industrialized atmosphere, as you can see in this preview Sex Life of Robots. Warning: the video is not safe for work (NSFW).



  1. Call me Cranky McCrank, but I think we need to stop calling any old thing that’s vaguely anthropomorphic and animated a “robot”. For example, the “battle bots” on TV are not robots; they’re remote-controlled toys. A robot’s actions have to be autonomous, not controlled with a joystick. A welder in a car factory is a robot, because it needs no human interaction — even if it doesn’t look anthropomorphic.

    Likewise, a video like this — while somewhat entertaining — is pretty weak. Those aren’t anything like “robots”; they’re just animated human simulacra. Why would robots breast-feed their “babies”? Why would there even be robot babies? It’s not like their body structures are going to grow as they age. I’d like to see the subject of “robot sex” treated with a bit more imagination than just some artist’s posable wooden figures spray-painted silver, thrusting like humans. It’s not particularly clever, and it just perpetuates stupid myths about robots.

  2. i am trying SO hard to remember where i have watched this or a short documentary of it nearly a year ago. this is going to bother me ALL day now…

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