(sometimes spelled: Roböxotica
) is an annual festival where scientists, researchers, computer experts and artists from all over the world build cocktail robots
and discuss technological innovation
and science fiction
Roboexotica is also an ironic attempt to criticize techno-triumphalism and to dissect technological hypes.
The festival is co-produced by Shifz and monochrom, two Vienna-based art collectives, and supported by the 'Bureau for Philosophy' (of the Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna).
In 1999 Magnus Wurzer and Chris Veigl (Shifz) started to present cocktail robots at a small Viennese punk venue. In 2002 the group monochrom
(Johannes Grenzfurthner, Günther Friesinger etc.) teamed up with them and the small event became a big international festival presented at Vienna's Museumsquartier
The annual international festival consists of an exhibition, a conference, social events, and the ACRA (Annual Cocktail Robot Award).
The festival is usually held at the end of November.
The exhibition presents robots that can mix cocktails, server cocktails, consume cocktails, have bar conversations, light or smoke cigarettes or manage to impress the jury with (Quote Roboexotica website) "other achievements in the sector of cocktail culture".
Roboexotica has been featured on Slashdot
, Wired News
like Boing Boing
, Geek Entertainment TV
and New Scientist
Roboexotica was presented at Cyberpipe (Ljubljana
) in 2006, at Maker Faire
) and RoboGames
) in 2007.
The 10th annual Roboexotica will take place in Nov 2008 in Vienna.
A smaller show called "Roboexotica USA" was held in San Francisco in May 2008. It was organized by monochrom and Shifz and was well-received by the press.