[robotics-worldwide] [news] $100, 000 Robot Art Contest Opens to Public Voting - APRIL 18

Andrew Conru andrew.conru at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 12:11:18 PDT 2016

$100,000 Robot Art Contest Opens to Public Voting - APRIL 18

As the inaugural $100,000 RobotArt.org competition opens up to public
voting, over a dozen teams hope that their painting robot will take the
title of most artistic machine.  The general public can vote on their
favorite artwork at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__robotart.org_&d=CwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=5sCYn7RGzN0PEvYiowh3eXB4TzqwIHyn1hcxiRpQL-M&s=6X4r7hFJ8fKKbHK87edjYmKE_VfJ3rQIxHWYir1nKuI&e=  and have a major impact on which
teams win.

Some of the 70+ work are abstract, while other paintings are
representational, with several concentrating on portraiture. Some of the
robots are operated manually while others are completely automated. The
only thing that all the artwork has in common, is that each and every
stroke was made by a robot. This is one of the only rules for this contest
which is in its first year of five annual contests.

Each team’s interest to robotic painting is as varied as the subject matter
they have painted.  Italian Artist Patrick Tabarelli of Italy, is “
interested in producing original emotional visual experiences made by a
machine but close to a human sphere of sensibility.”  Oliver Deussen and
Thomas Lindemeier of Germany have used their robot platform eDavid to
explore their interest “in nonphotorealistic rendering, particularly in
painterly rendering, paint simulation, machine learning and  computational
creativity.  American Artist Pindar Van Arman is interested in capturing as
much of his artistic process as
possible in algorithms.

Other teams are focusing on the relationship between humans and robots.
Carnegie Mellon’s Team A1 explores how much technology influences the
creative process with their haptic robot arm. Ming Jyun Hong of Taiwan made
his painting robot to entertain and help people look for methods to ease
their stress. Another robot lets anyone anywhere take control of it through
a live crowdsourced web interface and paint images communally.

The form and functionality of the robots offer further variety. Multiple
robots are the standard xyplotting table or articulated 3D arm, though
there are some unconventional robots such as one disguised as a plush
snake, and another that appears to be holding dozens of brushes fanned out
on a rotating disk.

With the $100,000 contest in its inaugural year, the event’s organizer
Andrew Conru hopes to build interest and a community behind the emerging
field and genre of robotic art. As he puts it “Fundamental to the
competition is the belief that creativity and expression are emerging in
unexpected ways from our relationship with technology. The contest hopes to
explore and
advance its development over the next five years.”

The artwork can be seen at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__robotart.org_&d=CwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=5sCYn7RGzN0PEvYiowh3eXB4TzqwIHyn1hcxiRpQL-M&s=6X4r7hFJ8fKKbHK87edjYmKE_VfJ3rQIxHWYir1nKuI&e= 

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