Continuing on my fascination with robot printers - I came across this amazing DIY tinkerer, Pindar, who built a robot that paints in the fashion of an old school dot matrix printer. While the artist questions whether it is a print or a painting - the working states show of the work imply multiple to me. Whether or not the artist is aware of it - he is proofing. But, rather than inking a plate differently - he is adjusting the algorithms which program and run the robot he's named Zanelle.
At first the imagery the artist chose is so campy - but the more I've looked at it and the process in order to achieve it, the sweet irony of the image along with some heavy implied metaphorical content- robot printing/painting a commemorative image of the ultimate robot warrior - Optimus Prime.
Zanelle, the robot has quite a personality and even she questions her artistic practice, since she responds to posters on the blog/website that the artist maintains - see link below
Art and Robots: http://zanelle.wordpress.com/
Monday, July 07, 2008
Labels: technology printmaking