Artbots 2004 -- robot talent
show in NYC
nice video of the show (qt, 18M)
third annual "artbots" show was held Sept.17-19 in a warehouse
space at the corner of 126th and Amsterdam, in Harlem (artbots.org
). Twenty artists using robotic technology were selected, coming from
all over the US and Europe.
The show included a wide
variety of works, and well represented the current state of "robotic
art" -- undefined and all over the place. This opportunity provided
the ideal incentive to construct a portable sand plotter, "Sisyphus
IV." Having to fit it into luggage weighing under 50 lbs. per piece
was an interesting challenge. I began construction about two weeks before
the show. The new hardware was barely tested when time ran out and it
was time to fly to Denver for a family reunion. I set up in our rented
log cabin, and continued the "break in."
After four days in beautiful
mountain country, my son and I flew from Denver to NY, and took a cab
to the show site. Amazingly, everything survived the luggage handlers.
Setup went fine (although it must have been about 95F in the building!)
and the show opened the next day at noon. At first I had some doubts--
would anyone come uptown this far and brave the oppressive heat? New
Yorkers are tough!
I will cherish many memories
of this show. The lack of pretension, students from NYU and Columbia,
discussions with artists from all over the world, neighborhood residents
stopping in to check us out and staying for hours...
Sisyphus IV won both the
visitor's choice and artist's choice.
Great thanks to Douglas Repetto,
and all the people who work so hard to make this a yearly event.