I’m really quite pleased with this. I haven’t done any painting for quite a while but this abstract turned out very nicely. I was hoping for more of a landscape but the nature of the machine wouldn’t allow it. I painted it using the robot Optimus Wayne which has just been installed in View Two gallery by the artists Wayne Hill and James Diable.
You can have a go too, either at the viewing tonight or on Friday or Saturday afternoon (it may well be extended another week as well).
Artists Wayne Hill & James Diable present Optimus Wayne, an Art Robot that you can control via pressure pads. 2-4 July 2009
Private View Event: Thursday 2 July 2009 18-21.00. Join us and Paint with the Robot!
Exhibition: Optimus Wayne will be working at all times on these dates
Thursday 2 July 12-17.00
Friday 3 July 12-17.00
Saturday 4 July 12-17.00
I am Optimus Wayne I am an art robot
I’ve recently been collaborating with Wayne Hill and James Diable and the unsuspecting public to create the robotic paintings of the future.
My assisstants play on the connotations that I am a process for mass production, traditionally seen as an enemy of individuality.
The artists work as my apprentices. In public showings the audience are given the chance to be both the viewer and the apprentice, controlling my robotics with an array of pressure pads thus challenging who the artist actually is.
I have no feelings or ego, these privileges are for my assistants and maybe whoever has control of my pressure pads. So the public are the Artists and we are the servants to the machine that is the public.