Robots in Contemporary Art (video)

Exhibition is open: 4 June – 24 July, 2010


This installation produces drawings based on the subtle movements of houseflies. When flies enter a small chamber sensors detect their movements. A microcontroller articulates a drawing arm in real time based on the fly's movements. When a fly is no longer detected in the chamber the device waits until a new fly enters the chamber to begin another drawing.


This installation consists of a series of 21 x/y tilting devices connected to thin dried plant stems installed in the gallery and a dried plant stem connected to an accelerometer installed outdoors in the artist native town Duluth (Minnesota, USA). When the wind blows it causes the stem outside to sway. The accelerometer detects this movement transmitting it to Moscow by internet to the grouping of devices in the gallery. Therefore the stems in LABORATORIA move in unison based on the movement of the wind in Minnesota.


Artist strives to create the most autonomous mechanism. Small robot which is solar powered is seeking for the most intensive source of light. As the robot moves from light to light a small piece of charcoal tracks its journey. Lights are connected to timers and arranged in various patterns causing the robot to create different compositions.

Visitors can see and investigate not only the robots behavior but also the fruits of their creativity. As a part of the exhibition will be the drawings created by a team of house flies and the “light-hunter” robot.

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