(Learning) the Grammar of the Act / Robotic
Examines and reflects on the structure and use of the medium of painting in relation to contemporary technological innovations. Methods of human expressiveness and manners of visualization of information in the post-digital age are the key focus of the works comprising the exhibition. Space brings together several collaborative works that varyingly employ robotic technologies, motion tracking, video, printmaking, and painting. As a whole, this body of works investigates the relation between organic practices and machine-based systems, both of which are used to create structures from physical actions (operation) and from the mind (perception).
A mini e-David robot, programmed by Ph.D. candidate Marvin Gülzow, is positioned in the center of the exhibition and continuously generates calligraphic-oriented paintings. The data for the robot’s brushstrokes are generated from analysis of the visitors’ movements in the space, captured using a camera and a custom motion-tracking software (developed by Antonin Sulc, member of Prof. Bastian Goldlücke’s group). As they enter the exhibition space, individual visitors’ movements are captured by the video camera, and their location and movement are translated into a digital trajectory that is projected on a large, transparent black screen. The individual trajectories are translated into brushstrokes painted by the robot on a long rice paper roll, which is advanced by a paper feed. At the end of each day, the roll is fully painted with different calligraphic lines describing the movement of visitors throughout the space. These are hung in the gallery space on custom-made frames functioning as evidence and testimony of each of the days the exhibit runs.