ROBOT ART / NON-HUMAN ART / ARTIFICIAL CREATIVITY / EMERGENCE
ISU a robot that writes and paints
Swarm Sculpture, 2000 (photo by Isabel Pinto)
A form generated by artificial ants based on emergent behavior.
ISU, The Cordoba Series,
2009, 185 x 130 cm each
NEW SHOW AT ROBOTARIUM [LxFactory, Lisbon]. Robot Art. July/September.
ROBOTS PODCAST Radio Interview
In this episode he describes his hope of seeing robotic artificial creativity produce artworks of tomorrow for living and artificial art lovers.
LEONEL MOURA ´s studio / exhibition space / worklab “Robot Art Gallery” [Robotarium] is located in the brickbuilding at LxFactory. Many of you might have passed by and were wondering if the robots you can see from outside are real or scuptures. Well they are real and very impressive.
Istambul Museum Interview
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Don’t read art magazines. Don’t follow the trends. Think ahead. Be innovative.
In Focus at Pera Museum, by Hande Oynar
Moving away from biology on to artificial intelligence, the most playful work on the show is definitely Leonel Moura’s ‘artbot’ ISU Poetics. Named after the Romanian poet Isidore Isou, the founder of the Dadaist Arts movement Lettrism (a movement where the letter is basis of a new art form), ISU is a fascinating four-wheeled robot, which can draw letters and make words to create pictorial compositions. As the robot moves around writing his poetry comprised of simple words, Mr. Moura explains to me that there is no single algorhythm to tell ISU what to do. ISU reacts to color. The color of drawing on a sheet of paper is picked up by its sensors and it makes its own decisions to draw or to stop – unless led on by a stimulus. Moura managed to have ISU draw a human figure by placing it on a clear plexiglass panel with the same drawing. While the artbot struggled with the contours of the figure at the beginning, in time it became quite proficient. The three drawings on the wall prove that the resulting image is in fact more than satisfactory. Later that week, Moura took on a bolder position in his Istanbul Manifesto performance at Galata Perform by saying, “Marcel Duchamp’s idea was to make art with the already made. Our idea is to make art that makes art. […] The great artist of tomorrow will not be human.” Perhaps this may be true. Just as we know that we can see brain activity or move a cursor on a computer with our eyes, what seems like science fiction now may become reality. But still the fact remains that pondering about human nature has allowed scientists and artists alike to get to where we are now.
We make money not art
RAP creates its own paintings based on an artificial intelligence algorithm, decides when the work is ready and signs in the right bottom corner with its distinctive signature.
New kind of art, by Sune
RAP at the American Museum of Natural History, New York
A ROBOT THAT MAKES ART? This robot — named RAP, for Robotic Action Painter — creates original paintings using a combination of random decisions and responses to its environment. Does RAP's creative process somehow emulate the creativity of a human artist?