As Long As You Don’t Try to Date One

Contradicting the outcome in the Flight of the Conchords’ song “The Humans Are Dead,” a display at the Dean’s Gallery at UMKC’s Miller Nichols Library (800 East 51st Street, second floor) shows that humans and robots can get along famously. Robots in the Social Landscape, an art installation by Margaret Brommelsiek, was partly inspired by the library’s book robot, which has taken automated storage to higher levels, literally. Fashion and design, toy robots, and the intersection of technology and the (living) human body also influence the work. Brommelsiek says that “with technology becoming woven into the buildings we use, the clothes we wear and the vessels we call ‘bodies,’ ” she wanted to explore “how this shapes our aesthetic sensibilities and how this changes the world around us.” See Robots in the Social Landscape through May 6. Now, who can recite Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics? Anyone? — Robert Folsom

Jan. 19-May 6, 2011