Robots put on Talent Show - ArtBots First of a Kind

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Robots put on Talent Show - ArtBots First of a Kind

NEW YORK CITY, NY - May 16, 2002 ( Battlebots, stand at
ease - a kinder, gentler, more creative robot has arrived. In fact a
number of "ArtBots" are getting together in New York City, and with a
little help from their human friends, they've decided to put on a

The first annual ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show will take place from
noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn on Saturday, May
25th. A hybrid combining aspects of both a juried art exhibition and
a traditional talent show, more than a dozen artists, engineers and
tinkerers will contribute to this high-tech, high-concept, high-fun
one-day event.

Unlike the destructive and dimwitted radio-controlled cars on
steroids made popular by TV shows like Battlebots and Robotwars,
ArtBots are creative, autonomous robots more interested in making art
than wreaking havoc. Some Artbots are musicians; but don't mention
the word "musicbox," lest they take offense! Each musical ArtBot has
its own style and technique for making music. Other ArtBots are
visual artists and will demonstrate their drawing and painting
prowess for the crowd. Then there are the ArtBots whose talents are a
bit harder to nail down; you might call them cybernetic performance

Curator Douglas Irving Repetto notes "The reach of robotics is
expanding rapidly, not only in traditional domains like manufacturing
but also in fields like sports, medicine, and the arts. Being artists
who often work with technology, we wanted to find a way to highlight
some of the terrific work that's being done in the world of robotic
art. Robots have developed a popular reputation as a highly
competitive and often aggressive bunch; our proposal is that robots
are what you make of them. And we'd prefer our robots to make art."

Co-Curator Philip Galanter adds "We want this to be fun for the whole
family. But this is also serious fun. ArtBots represents the emerging
intersection of computer technology, sculpture, mechanical
engineering, and generative art. ArtBots is a robot talent show, but
for the time being it requires humans who can cross boundaries to
make it happen."

ArtBots includes among its sponsors the Columbia University Computer
Music Center, the New York University Arts Technology Group, the
Pratt Institute Industrial Design Program, the Madagascar Institute,
and the Robotics Society of America.

Additional Details:

Cost: this is a FREE event
Date: Saturday, May 25
Time: Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Pratt Studios Building
Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Ave. (near Hall st.),
Brooklyn, New York
Pratt Inst. Phone - 718-636-3600
Nearest Subway: G Train - Clinton-Washington station

Additional information, including schedules, directions to the event,
and information about the participants is available at:

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, joseph mcelroy

Wow! Artbots sound so cool. Do you need a corporate sponsor? Do you suppose
one of the robots could be made with two left hands. This could be our
corporate logo. Anyway, let me know.

Joseph Franklyn McElroy
Cor[porat]e [Per]form[ance] Art[ist]