Sunday, July 3, 2016

Week 2: Robotics + Art

Robotics and art is quickly becoming relevant to our society in the many ways that they coincide with each other. As our society is becoming more and more unorthodox, art is becoming more prevalent and advanced.

Douglas David claims that art can expand into many different forms, that there is no fine line that can define what is art and what is not. Growing up, I did not see art this way. I saw art as painting and photography because that is what my art classes amounted to. But as I grow older and acquire new knowledge, I see that art takes on many different shapes, models, forms, technology in an infinite amount of ways. David pointed out the potential of art before it became untraditional.

Robots Drawing Art

Together Robotics and art evolving into something so incredible to life in itself. Robots are becoming art then art work of robots, even robots/automatas that create art. There are endless possibilities between technology and art. The picture below is of an "artbot". The artbot functions "as the cam moves the branches back and forth from its main component, another branch reaches out towards a pedestal and turns the pages in an old book of Shakespeare". In result of this, there is also a shadow that projected on the screen of a tree "reading" a book.
The Reader by John S. Lathram

Eccentric art work shown in video is an automat conducting ink/artwork on wet paint. This automata displays ability to disturb a line of text into flowerlike form. This art form is called fleeting.

Robots are evolving so fast that our world cannot seem to be keeping up with them. Rodney Brooks of TEDTalks believes that robot will soon invade our lives. He intends that robots will work their way into our lives through toys and household chores. Below is a picture of a robot vacuum called iRobot/Roomba designed by Brooks himself.
First iRobot Roomba - 2002

 Walter Benjamin's claim that "mechanical reproduction of art changes the reaction of the masses toward art". This fusion also triggers social significance of visual and emotional enjoyment. I agree with Benjamin's assertion that the traditional idea of art is not as important and the idea of mechanical reproduction, that withering of this aura is inevitable because it is bound to happen in the time of rapid industrialization.


1. Brooks, Rodney. "Robots Will Invade Our Lives." Ted. TED Conferences, Feb. 2003. Web. 03 July 2016. <>.

2. Davis, Douglas. “The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction.” The MIT Press, 1995. Web. 2 July 2016. <>.

3. "Fleeting." Gijs Van Bon. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 July 2016. <>.

4. Lathram, John S., III. "The Reader." ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show. Douglas Irving Repetto and the Individual Artists, n.d. Web. 03 July 2016. <>.

5. Benjamin, Walter. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. London: Penguin, 2008. Print.


1. Lathram, John S., III. The Reader. Digital image. ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show. Douglas Irving Repetto and the Individual Artists. Web. 3 July 2016. <>.

2. Rinaldo, Ken. Drawing Robots. Digital image. Ken Rinaldo. N.p., 2010. Web

3. Roomba. Digital image. IRoomba. Web. 3 July 2016. <>.

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