Meanings change over time as context changes. Can a group of symbols, some recognizable, some unknown, constitute a language? Based on the context of the group of symbols, will readers decode meaning from them?
AUDRIE is a Robotic Art project that invites participant interaction by means of proximity and touch. The robots respond dynamically and differently to each individual and environment resulting in participants anthropomorphizing / zoomorphizing their behavior; assigning genders, naming them, conversing with them, in spite of the robots geometric, nonbiological physical appearance.
A touch/proximity sensitive robotic lamp post shouts catcalls (in Trinidad & Tobago dialect) at anyone in proximity. Women write responses on the lamp post which results in even more catcalls.