Date: Wednesday to Sunday 10th October to 21st October 2012
Location: NEO Bankside, Pavillon A, 50 Holland Street, London, SE1 9FU
FREE TICKETED EVENT
Patrick Tresset, a French artist/scientist currently based in London, presented 6 robots in a site-specific artist's studio. Gallery visitors were able to have their portrait sketched by 6 of Tresset's robots. Each robot would draw the sitter from a different point of view; the drawings would then make up the exhibition in the space. The public could pre-book a slot to come and sit for a portrait. The robots also drew all the artists and musicians involved in the festival to create a special exhibition.
For Tresset, his cybernetic face-sketcher does not pretend to be human. It is only an obsessive drawing entity. It has "eyes" linked to an artificial mind, which imperfectly simulates a small part of Tresset's abilities.
Its singular drawing arm has limited freedom of gestures, which makes it only able to apply simple tracing actions. Yet, it is capable of displaying attention and purpose when focusing on a sitter or their image and drawing their portraits in a style akin to Tresset's own.