ETHER ANTENNA
2017

Inspired by Buddhist tales and set to the tune of Pauline Anna Strom’s astral electronic soundscapes; Ether Antenna is a short film by Australian new media artist Michael Candy. The film follows the story of some 10 robot characters on a surreal journey through Nepal. Fusing spirituality with robotics this cybernetic story exploits humanity’s paradoxical affinity between technology and ecology.

Designed and built on residency at RAN (the Robotics Association of Nepal) in the later months of 2016, all robot characters were developed to act specifically as puppets and carry out precise interactions through different scenes and scenarios. The journey begins as robots are birthed from a sacred tree into the pure streams of water beginning at Muktinath and follows their journey toward the polluted rivers of Kathmandu, where a bipedal robot (human) is birthed from an angel (drone) to reign chaos on the robotic creatures as it collects their souls.