Kinetic Walkers

‘Kinetic Walkers’ emerged from the project NOOSTOPIA I created together with Moritz Ostruschnjak for Theater Bielefeld. The work is a interactive robotic installation that consists of several robots. The robots could be controlled in various ways, which includes using real-time live control and pre-programmed control including a movement recording function.


‘Kinetic Walkers’ is a robotic installation that consists of several robots, constructed from wooden tree branches, servo motors and other electronic components. The work deals with our notion of nature and the human urge for innovation, questioning the connection between what has born from nature and what has been made. Does our definition of technology transform if we look at it over very long timescales? Does it also display a form of evolution entwined with our own?

Kinetic Walkers
Year of Creation: 2020
Size: 100 cm x 50 cm
Technique: wood tree branches, servo motors, 3D printed parts, electronics, cables, computer, custom-made computer program, controller

Video Documentation

I also uploaded the video to YouTube.


Idea, Concept and Design: Martin Backes
Production: Studio Martin Backes in collaboration with Theater Bielefeld
Development and Programming Robot Units: Michael Ang, Martin Backes
Client: Theater Bielefeld / Tanz Bielefeld

Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia in cooperation with the NRW KULTURsekretariat.

More Information

Noostopia – Dance and Theatre Piece