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ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show Comes to Harlem, Sept. 17-19

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William Tremblay
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It's an ArtBots extravaganza in Harlem !

The Third Annual ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show will take place from noon to 6 p.m. , Sept. 17-19, at The Mink Building on 126th Street and Amsterdam Avenue . Featuring the work of 20 artists and groups from seven countries, the free event celebrates the strange and wonderful collision of shifty artists, disgraced engineers, high/low/no-tech hackers, rogue scientists, beauty school dropouts, backyard pyros, and industrial espionage that has come to define the emerging field of robotic art. Participants include robots that sketch, carve, float, wiggle, hum, ring, grow, wander and sing, as well a number of works the form and function of which are not yet well understood.

ArtBots is made possible with generous support from the Columbia University Computer Music Center (CMC) and the Digital Media Center (DMC) of Columbia University 's School of the Arts . In organizing the show, 2004 ArtBots curators Douglas Repetto (CMC), Mark Tribe (DMC) and Mary Flanagan ( Hunter College ) have drawn from a large and varied pool of open call respondents and invitees. They have selected an eclectic, nuanced, and stimulating group of works that reflect the diversity of opinions, techniques, strategies, and goals found in the world of robotic art.

In keeping with the "Robot Talent Show" theme, attendees will be invited to vote for their favorite ArtBot. Two awards will be presented at the end of the show: The Audience Choice Award and The Artists' Choice Award. All ArtBots artists and curators will be present throughout the event.

"We were overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of this year's ArtBots entries," Repetto said. "The pieces we selected range from ultra high-tech works created in state of the art robotics facilities to low-tech contraptions made from cardboard, string, and second-hand motors."

Tribe noted, "The projects we chose possess an original approach to some of the most compelling questions of our time, exploring relationships between art, technology, people, and the world(s) we're creating."

"One of the great things about ArtBots is that it makes art and technology projects accessible to a very wide audience," Flanagan said. "From engineers to painters, from academics to kids who just think robots are cool, there is a piece in the show to delight everyone who attends this three-day event."

Information on all ArtBots participants, including images, artist statements, biographies and links, is available now on the ArtBots website.

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Published: Sep 13, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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