It's not just a robot. It's a "Robotto", its translation in the Japanese language in which it loses its mechanical and technological meanings and becomes "kawaii", that is cute, adorable, lovable. It is a machine that takes on a social task, that of entertaining, of keeping company. And yet he aspires to become a man, to become aware of himself as Collodi's dear Pinocchio: it is Io, Robotto.
The exhibition at the Fabbrica del Vapore from 1 October 2019 to 29 January 2020, which began as an exhibition of a predominantly historical and technological nature, proved to be an exhibition on the centrality of man in the mirror of its visitors. A journey on the dream of man to replicate life and create his own double able before duplicating the movements, communicating with him and finally developing artificial intelligence to confront. A humanistic experience on the relationship between man and machine, to investigate every topic of human knowledge, from literature to biomechanics.
I, Robotto features over 115 automatons that have made the history of robotic companions, told in 17 thematic areas.