Simon Penny: Petit Mal

  • ©, Simon Penny, Petit Mal

Artist Statement:


    Petit Mal is a lightweight, autonomous mobile device which displays interactive emergent behavior in real space. It explores indoor public spaces and responds to people. Petit Mal is a piece of “reflexive technology” which seeks to offer a commentary on modern robotics. Changes in behavior are a product of an ongoing sense of its own ‘body’. A Petit Mal in neurological terminology is a short lapse of consciousness. The project was conceived in 1989 and built from 1993 to 1995.


Technical Information:


    Petit Mal is a lightweight, autonomous mobile device which displays interactive emergent behavior in real space. It explores indoor public spaces and responds to people. Petit Mal is a piece of “reflexive technology” which seeks to offer a commentary on modern robotics.