Agnieszka Pilat is not your typical artist.
He does not use brushes, pencils or even his own hands to create his works of art.
Instead, it uses robots, specifically robot dogs made by Boston Dynamics.
Robot dogs that paint like humans
Pilat, who was born in Poland. and now lives in the US, spent months teaching three of these four-legged machines named Basia, Vanya and Bunny to hold a paintbrush in their “mouths” and move them across a large canvas, turning painting into abstract art.
They use sensors, cameras and artificial intelligence to perceive and navigate their environment.
Pilat said that the first thing that fascinated him was the robot dogs when he saw them on YouTube. She contacted Boston Dynamics and asked if she could collaborate with them. The company agreed and taught him how to use the robot dogs. He then painted some portraits of one of them before beginning to actively work with them as his creative partners.
Robot dogs receive a residence as a reward
The robots have been rewarded with a four-month residency at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne, Australia, where they are creating art in their custom studio.
The exhibition is called “Heterobota” and the robots are completely autonomous. Pilat says this was a significant change in his practice. Before, he was always in the studio with the robots, where he felt they were more like an extension of his arm.
How robot dogs paint autonomously
To navigate through space, the robots Rely on small cubes of QR codes that are scattered throughout space. When they need to rest and recharge, they return to their docking stations. Pilat worked with engineers and the museum to make his vision a reality. The result is a series of 36 paintings that resemble human works of art.
Some of these paintings have sold for up to $40,000 at auctions.
The robots can be seen painting, navigating their environment and charging themselves at the exhibition, which runs until April 7. The theme of the exhibition is generative AI. Pilat said a language is embedded in the 16 symbols that appear in the paintings.
Give voice to technology
Pilat says he wanted to use his artistic skills to train a new generation of painters and give technology a voice. He says he sees technology as a way of life and wants to explore its potential for creativity and expression. He says he also wanted to challenge the perception that technology is cold, impersonal or even threatening. Instead, he says he wants to show that technology can be warm, fun and even artistic.
Kurt’s Key Takeaways
Agnieszka Pilat is an incredible artist who uses robot dogs as collaborators. She taught them how to paint and now we can see the amazing art they are creating. She also shows us through her exposition that technology can be creative and expressive, not cold or threatening. Her exhibition, “Heterobota,” is a unique and inspiring display of the fusion of art and technology.
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