A Marriage of Creativity & Precision The write&erase robot is as an artistic device as much as a technological one from its very conception. Parented by very different in expertise creators, the robot has incorporated both the artistic spirit of the originators of the idea for Scribit and the technological experience and aspirations of its developers. All that renders it an amalgam of the very human urge for creativity, meditation and recreation of beauty and the technological, robotic precision, with a touch of Internet of things (IoT).
Scribit and the Artist Scribit has been recently described from a social media user as resembling a certain very famous cleaning robot but for muralists. Some truth in that! Scribit and the Artist is a connection that has been intended when creating the write&erase robot and which we try to reinforce since then. The connection is obvious not only through the entire volume of Scribit drawings being commissioned to emerging visual artists. We are continuously emphasizing the connection between the device and the artist, encouraging, provoking and searching for partnerships to involve a creative mind…and hand.
Here’s a vivid example of this tradition that we want to establish and develop: an artist is making sketches of random people, while Scribit is reproducing them on a wall:
Our today is increasingly technocratic in spirit, but the write&erase plotter doesn’t aspire to do away with the artist. Scribit is a tool, imagine it as a brush. A tool which empowers emerging artists to state their presence on the artistic scene. That way, the robot is a continuation to the vivid human fantasy, a skilful robotic hand that complements the artistic imagination.
Robot art We have selected a short collection of striking examples of Robotic art that we are great fans of. Going through it you can ponder on the true nature of art and creativity and ask yourself if really the involvement of robots invalidates human generated art.
1. You can have your portrait painted by robots at the Berlin gallery "Dixit Algorizmi". The French artist Patrick Tresset (Goldsmiths University of London) came up with the idea of programming the robots so that they can draw sketches for portraits – from realistic to abstract ones:
2. At the Long Distance Art event held in Vienna, Berlin & London in 2013, two ABB IRB 4600 Industrial Robots aided Austrian artist Alex Kiessling in creating 9 unique works of art by replicating the motions of his pen to create their own replica works.
3. Incorporating machine-learning technology, AI artist Pindar Van Arman explores creative algorithms with its CloudPainter, able to paint evocative portraits with varying degrees of abstraction.
4. Ozpainter works mainly with oils and acrylics on canvas or art boards. The artist behind it was aiming to create a robotic system that could produce artwork not distinguishable from the one done by a human artist.
5. Wentworth Institute of Technology’s project incorporates 3D scans into it’s image generation.
Art is the sole thing that can be appreciated on so many levels – technique mastery, aesthetics, evocative power. In favor of it or not, AI appears to be enabling artists to attempt revolutionize art and challenge its classical forms and works. We at Scribit as art lovers firmly believe that creativity brings happiness. If robots can contribute to that, paving the way for new borders not previously imagined, and exploring new forms of artistic expression, we should not limit human creativity’s natural evolution but experiment and have fun!
* Images taken from robotart.org