Robot Art? Yes, indeed, you read that right. Starting October 23, 2010, visitors to MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, are in for a big surprise: a work of art conceived and created without human hands.
…diaz’s ‘geometric death frequency—141’, a sculpture made from 420,000 black spheres made and assembled by robotics. the final sculpture will measure 20 feet by 50 feet and sit in the courtyard of the museum. the installation is precisely crafted from robotics, milling and assembling the entire sculpture sphere by sphere, completely void of any human interaction. diaz developed this process for building on his own using CAD software and manufacturing techniques along with pure data and algorithms based on particle physics. with this system each sculpture is completely untouched by human hands from concept to materialization. [sic]
You can read more about the exhibit at the MASS MoCA site here.
The final work is surprisingly intriguing–certainly no stranger than the work you see by other human contemporary artists–and has a certain industrial elegance to it. I, for one, welcome our new robot artist overlords.
[Image: Fedrico Diaz Studios]