There seem to be several companies selling or renting used robots from brands such as KUKA, ABB, Fanuc, Motoman, etc. for different industrial applications in the artistic field, such as painting, sculpture or music.
Robot sculpture is a form of artistic expression that combines human creativity with the precision and speed of technology. Some artists see robots as an opportunity to explore new forms, materials and processes, while others use them as a critique or reflection on the role of the machine in society.
Industrial robot sculpture is an art form that uses technology to create three-dimensional works from materials such as marble or stone. Artists using this technique include Davide Quayola, who recreates classical sculptures in a geometric style, or the Babelsberg studio, which produces film sets and props with a KUKA milling robot. The robot can change tools, follow a precise trajectory and work with blocks of up to three metres. There is also a project called Robotor, which allows users to input data into a robot that carves marble and stone sculptures with an automated chisel. The robot can work alone or with the help of an operator.
Innovation and experimentation are important aspects of art, and robots can offer new possibilities and challenges for artists. However, it must also be kept in mind that robots cannot replace human sensitivity, intuition and emotion, which are essential to art. Therefore, robot art must be a collaboration between the artist and the machine, where each brings its strengths and limitations to the table.
Robot art is an art form that has a lot of potential and can generate surprising and original works. However, robot art must also respect human ethics, aesthetics and authorship, and not become a form of exploitation, imitation or plagiarism.
Robot art must have ethical and aesthetic principles that ensure respect for human rights, cultural diversity, originality and quality of the works. Thus, robot art can be an art form that enriches and broadens the creative horizon of humanity, and not an art form that impoverishes or reduces it.
These are just a few examples of the variety and creativity in the field of robot art:
– Max Dean: This Canadian artist created The Robotic Chair, a wooden chair that breaks down and reassembles itself with the help of a robot1.
– Davide Quayola: This Italian artist uses robots to carve marble blocks following algorithms that recreate classical sculptures such as Laocoon and his sons.
– Es Devlin: This British artist designed an installation called PoemPortraits, in which an algorithm generated poems from words entered by the public.
– Sougwen Chung: This Chinese artist collaborates with a robot called D.O.U.G._1 to create abstract drawings that explore the relationship between human and machine.
– Patrick Tresset: This French artist developed a robotic system called Paul that can draw portraits of people using a camera and a mechanical arm.