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Life in Patterns

A detailed blog focussing in on one of my favorite works, my self made robot artist. Or as some of you might think of it: a badly made line plotter.

1000 Patronen

So, While developing the robot I could easily keep track of all the drawings he made, there was a time and place to name each plot and be conscious about the collaboration. But when he started to go to expositions - sometimes for over a month - he would come back with a pile of drawings, each the product of a days worth of performance. I would not know in what circumstances the drawings were made, what happened to him or what forces impacted him during the drawing. So naming them became irrelevant. The only person who cared about the names was me, and with me not being there while the drawings were performed there was no further story or context to be given to the work by adding a name to it. The robot certainly doesn’t care about names, so henceforth the works were date stamped to keep them apart and - most importantly for both me and the robot - aligned through time.

If a tree falls in the forest and there’s none there to hear, did it make a sound?

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A couple of months ago I made a young couple from Heule very happy by giving them the opportunity to buy one of my artworks, today i went for a visit, glad they didn't burn it :)

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Life in Patterns

Life In Patterns is an installation I was able to complete with the help of vzw WIT.h. For four months I made use of their exposition space to develop and work with a drawing robot. The setting, with large facade wide windows made sure that the project served as a teaser for their upcoming exhibition: 1000 Patronen about patterns and how they influence and often dictate the lives of the people who live them.

The goal of the project was trying to understand the power of patterns in our lives. Framed inside Wit.h vzw's upcoming exhibition: 1000 patronen, we (the Robot and I) examined if life could emerge from simple (32kb) computer algorithms, by mapping them on to image.


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Drawing #1 — #7

The first 8 drawings, completing the first exposition

Expecto Patronen

Expecto Patronen

9 Degrees of Freedom

9 Degrees of Freedom

So, I thought of naming this one 'Bien Cuit' because I forgot to stop the robot while he was cooking, after a couple of hours he came up with this. I find that this piece helps illustrate the relationship between the robot and I, should the robot be viewed as a tool or as the creator?

The Poet, the Traveller, the Sculptor and the King

The Poet, the Traveller, the Sculptor and the King

Trending Drift

Trending Drift

The robot has a couple of sensors on board, which are vital for him to have a sense of the position he's in, the line he's drawing, the turn he's about to make. However, his sensors were never completely aligned so his perception of the world was always crooked. This was frustrating at first but once accepted it meant that he would always transform one pattern into something totally different and unexpected, creating new opportunities for experimentation.

Phyllotaxis I

Phyllotaxis I

Communication between the Robot and I was one of the interesting parts of this project. An image or piece of data needs to be selected, then processed into a form which can be read and interpreted by the robot. Mistakes, bugs and glitches in the process guaranteed that every drawing became something unique, full of curious mishaps.

lowest Common Denominator

lowest Common Denominator

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