Sometime last year, I became interested in a 1940s Russian experiment in which a dog head was kept alive through the use of pumps circulating blood through its head.
I’m not sure how long the dog head was able to survive like this, but I liked the idea of this creature in a scientific state of limbo. For the final project, I built dog, or something resembling a dog, suspended in a partially living, partially robot state.
The physical mechanism itself was equipped with six actuators that moved in response to sound. In it’s chest were three LED strings that also flickered based on the noise in the room.
The noise in the room was a product of youtube dog sound effects cut together and distorted using gain stretch that was again effected by noise in the room.