The Bestiary of Autonomous Machines
Crowd researching the future of Autonomous Machines

Online Archive and installation, various sizes

Istanbul Design Biennial
Bapiste Labat
Jonas Ersland
Vincent Thornhill

The Bestiary of Autonomous Machines is a crowd-sourced research into a future in which people and autonomous machines live together.
We took inspiration from Medieval Bestiary trying to categorize living animals from the tales of travelers often confusing the real such as Lions and the imaginary such as Unicorns.
Our beasts were partly created during a series of workshops in order to create a wide archive of existing and invented autonomous machines. Events took place with children, students, young professionals and academics at various locations in the Netherlands, the US and during the Istanbul Design Biennial. The participants discussed practical and philosophical ideas in the field of autonomous machines, shared references and developed their own concepts. Several developed concepts were selected together with referenced existing machines for the digital bestiary and online archive that attempts to document the human understanding, fears and dreams on machine autonomy.

Selected exhibitions

ReShape, MU Hybrid Art House (NL) 2018


4th Istanbul Design Biennial, (TR) 2018