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2003\06\06@201803 by Philip Galanter

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Douglas Irving Repetto
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June 3, 2003

ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show - ArtBots Take Manhattan

New York City, NY - Now in its second year, ArtBots: The Robot Talent
Show will take place on July 12th and 13th from noon to 6:00pm at
Eyebeam Gallery in Manhattan's Chelsea art district. Featuring the
work of 23 artists and groups from six countries, the show is a
hybrid combining aspects of both a juried art exhibition and a
traditional talent show. Participants include robots that draw,
paint, sculpt, sing, dance, and play musical instruments, as well as
many with talents that are a bit harder to pin down; you might call
them robotic sculpture or even cybernetic performance artists!

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
Robot's Choice Award (the artists vote for their favorite ArtBots).
All ArtBots artists and curators will be present throughout the event.

In organizing the show ArtBots curators Douglas Repetto, Philip
Galanter, and Jenny Lee have drawn from a large and varied pool of
open call respondents and invitees. The resulting body of work
reflects the diversity of opinions, techniques, strategies, and goals
found in the world of robotic art. And while much of the work is
playful and lighthearted, robotic art gives its human fans plenty to
think about.

"The application of robotics to the arts raises interesting questions
about things like authorship, responsibility, intentionality, and
even consciousness," notes Repetto, "and those questions have
relevance that extends well beyond the arts. When an artist makes a
robot that makes a painting, who's the painter? Who's responsible?
Does it matter? If it's good, who (or what) takes the credit? What
about when a robot makes a mistake, or breaks down? Who takes the
fall? The technology being used by many artists today is no different
from the technology being used to build robotic companions for the
elderly, automated security systems, or self-guided missiles. As is
often the case, artists are at the forefront of these technological
and social developments, asking, if not always answering, important
questions about the world we're creating."

 Philip Galanter notes, "As with last year's show we've tried to
create an event that appeals not only to academically inclined
connoisseurs of high technology art, but also families looking for a
fun, kid-friendly, afternoon out.  With 23 works the exhibition
pitches a range of ideas, some of which may be contradictory.  If
there is an overall trend, however, it is the digital shift of
emphasis from the virtual to the physical.  A sufficiently complex
base of technologies for robotics will yield physical systems that
reach out to us in ways that exhibit the surprise, variety,
fecundity, and decay of the natural world.  Eschewing technology art
as a virtual never-world requiring sense numbing LCD-goggles and
cyber-gloves to fool the body, these artists have chosen to explore
alternate realities, and alternate creatures, by creating them right
here in the physical world."

Jenny Lee remarks, "ArtBots is a showcase of human uses of
electronics, kinetics, sound, plants, and pixels to create art about
our complex relationship to technology and our changing concepts of
nature and self. Technology, by definition, is precise, quantifiable
and to a large extent, predictable. Technology in the hands of
artists often results in the unpredictable and quirky. The
intersection and overlap of human and machine are intriguing and
inspiring. The works in ArtBots are great examples of what is
possible when people think beyond the boundaries of standard,
technological applications and traditional approaches to art making.

Information on all ArtBots participants, including images, artist
statements, biographies, and links, is available now on the ArtBots
website: http://artbots.org


FACTS AT A GLANCE:

ArtBots: the Robot Talent Show

Cost: this is a FREE event
Date: Saturday and Sunday, July 12th and 13th, 2003
Time: Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Location:
Eyebeam Gallery
540 W 21st Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

Nearest Subway: A/C/E/1/9 to 23rd Street

Additional information, including schedules, directions to the event,
and information about the participants is available at:
http://artbots.org


ArtBots Works and Participants:

50 drones: David Bowen (Minneapolis, MN)
Automated Architecture  Robot: Ira Spool, Anna Tsypin (Brooklyn, MA)
BabyBott: Stefan Prosky (New York, NY)
chair de poule: Brad Todd (Quebec, Canada)
Drawing Machine 3.1415926: Fernando Orellana (Columbus, OH)
Drums of War: Rahul Bhargava, Mira  Friedlander (McLean, VA)
Fotron2000(FOE-tron-too-THAU-zin(d)):  Daniel Paluska, Jessica Banks
jackbackrack (Cambridge, MA)
freqout: David Webber, Keith Waters, Berwick  Research Institute (Roxbury, MA)
Happy Feet: Stephen Turbek (Brooklyn, NY)
LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (Brooklyn, NY)
Lev: Ranjit Bhatnagar (Brooklyn, NY)
MEART - "The semi living artist": SymbioticA  Research Group in
collaboration with The Steve Potter Lab (Western Australia/Atlanta,
GA)
micro.adam & micro.eva: julius  popp (Berlin, Germany)
Monkey On Your Back: Kal  Spelletich/SEEMEN (San Francisco, CA)
Neil: Jason Van Anden (Brooklyn, NY)
Phrase: Leesa and Nicole Abahuni (Farmingdale, NY)
Robots like H2O: Photosythesis Perpetual  Motion Machine:
Futurefarmers (San Francisco, CA)
Scratchrobot: Stijn Slabbinck (Ghent, Belguim)
Shootings (After Francisco de Goya): Han  Gene Paik (Brooklyn, NY)
Slowscan Soundwave: Douglas Irving  Repetto (New York, NY)
small work for robot and insects: host  productions (Liverpool, UK)
Tribblation: Josh Lifton, Michael  Broxton, Joseph Paradiso (Cambridge, MA)
The Watchers - Televisuality for Xenia:  John S. Lathram lll (Columbus, OH)


ArtBots Staff:

ArtBots Director: Douglas Irving Repetto
ArtBots Curators/Producers: Douglas Irving Repetto, Philip Galanter, Jenny Lee
Eyebeam Producers: Andrea Harner and Jonah Peretti
Executive Producer: The Columbia University Computer Music Center
Website Design: The Mysterious Liz and D.I.R.
ArtBots Theme Song: Christopher Bailey


ArtBots Sponsors:

Producing Organization: The Columbia University Computer Music Center
(http://music.columbia.edu/cmc)

Hosting Organization: Eyebeam (http://eyebeam.org)

Other Sponsors: Pratt Institute (http://pratt.edu)
The NYU Arts Technology Group (http://www.nyu.edu/its/atg/)


DO NOT PUBLISH THE FOLLOWING

High quality photos of the participating ArtBots are available upon request.

Please contact via e-mail where possible.

Interview and Photo Contact:
Douglas Irving Repetto (ArtBots Director)
.....artbotsKILLspamspam@spam@artbots.org
212-854-9267 (fax)

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2003\06\06@204736 by Tom Messenger

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Question: what was the first artbot named?

Answer: PICasso

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