The Woodiest (2010)

A hermaphroditic robotic system that detects the territorial "drumming" of a Pileated Woodpecker and responds with its male sub-system by drumming to declare its own territory, its female sub-system then suggesting via the drum-tap signal that this is also a good place to excavate a nest hole. The machine has no capacity to excavate.

The Woodiest, a auto-erotic, hermaphroditic,
	       woodpecker sexbot. Robot art by artist Ian Ingram.

Assistant: Benjamin Welmond

Thanks to: Jill Larson, Marc Maier, Anne Wodtcke, and Ulrich and Tomma Galonska

Supported in part by a Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellowship and a residency at PLATFORM in Munich, Germany sponsored by the Fe Gallery International Artist Residency Program.