Rather than launching a campaign to destroy their creators, the machines choose only to flee from their organic keepers. Describing their work as a 'cautionary tale,' the team envisages a group of Kuka robotic arms growing weary of their assembly line labor and leaving the modern world behind in search of a new beginning in more natural surroundings. Striking out on their own, our brave protagonists (The Wrapper, The Laser-er, The Gluer, The Sprayer and The Sorter) can't help but be haunted by their past; a trail of shrink wrap, laser-etched markings and sorted and glued natural objects show signs of the robots struggles to shake off the habits of the past.
Sorted eggs (handled a little roughly?) and markings of a lesser spotted laser etcher
The students presented their fiction in a series of photographs of the robots handy work in the woods along with charming giphoscope boxes and the video above.
Whether our increasingly 'intelligent' industrial aides will ever rise up from factory floor is of course yet to be seen, but fortunately the Kuka's creators suggest that the robots might be placated in just the same way as humans—with sport, of course.
Sam Dunne is a designer, strategist and writer based in London. Sam is founder of design strategy agency Cohere and Contributing Editor at Core77—reporting broadly on design, technology, food and object culture.