aikon drawing robot
aikon drawing robot
feb 15, 2010

aikon drawing robot

the aikon project began in 2004 at goldsmiths university of london as a mechanical system designed to mimic strategies deployed by an artist to represent faces with a line. the second iteration of the project came into being around 2008 and aims to go deeper to identify how artists can capture something with a few lines, in a few seconds? the project is the work of patrick tresset and frederic fol leymarie. the final project is set to be complete in 2012 and will be able to visually perceive the subject and the sketch, mimic real drawing gestures and even reason. through this mechanical process researchers anticipate that the robot will have its own drawing style. the current prototype is seen here using a camera to view the subject and an articulated arm to draw their face.



aikon drawing robot

aikon drawing robot

aikon drawing robot

via engadget

  • Can a computer generate a masterpiece of art? Perhaps not yet, but this robot draws better than I do.

    Dan says:
  • i´m afraid of this

    Martin says:
  • Robots are never going to make art. They will move the object of art to another disiplin.
    When the photograph appeared, portrait artists lost sense or figured another way of representation (impresionism) . The robot itself is a work of art. Artist will explore the art with robots or go beyond where robots can’t manifest.
    In both ways it will develop art, nothing to be afraid.

    nico says:
  • If this machine’s actions can be termed drawing, then your desktop printer draws better than you and this machine combined.

    Snidely Whiplash says:
  • @Snidely Whiplash :
    Good point. Then again, when I look at the images that have been created, I don’t see a point-for-point duplication of the CCD stimulus; there is a randomness, or a mathematical interpretation, which I regard as a (simple) parallel to artistic interpretation in human beings. If you placed a photograph in the viewer, rather than a face, and had the robot “draw” the image twice, there would be two works that were identifiably recognizable, but obviously dissimilar.

    Dan says:
  • @nico
    Out of all the things I have read by and about Impressionist painters, I haven’t seen any of them mention photography as a reason for taking up a new technique. I would say it is mostly a new generation looking for something they can say is their own. Also, Impressionism is a blanket term for many different styles, not all of which were as abstract as Monet’s later work. In addition, there were plenty of traditional artists doing narrative, portrait and landscapes in the classical manner after photography became a mainstay.

    The biggest difficulty with machines producing art is intent. What does the machine intend, imply? What does the machine have to say that is the basis for the art? Nothing at all. It is simply executing a program. And despite what some people say, code is not art. I do plenty of sketches of people and places and things, but I would not characterize them as art. They are simply renderings. Art comes later.

    MCR says:

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