will open at the Autodesk Gallery Pop-up Tokyo on October 23, 2015. Please come back then to see the robot’s progress on this site.
A generation ago, taking, printing, and archiving photos was time consuming and expensive, reserved for momentous occasions. Today, we constantly upload smartphone photos to an ever-expanding web of social media. They appear momentarily on our feeds and then disappear.
We see a building, a pair of shoes, or a face that interests us and we snap it and upload it. Through automated geotagging, these moments in our lives aggregate into a shared social desire of a specific time and place.
is a robotic installation that celebrates time and place through the painted transcription of this collective yet disparate narrative. It searches a chosen location and selects the most-liked photos, then custom scripts convert the linework into instructions for a robot to paint. Over a two-week period, the robot will produce a scroll of 250 individual scenes: a hard copy of our shared lives as seen through social media.
The installation consists of a universal robot (UR5) equipped with a custom end effector; a website that serves the robot files via Instagram and displays the final results; python scripts that create the robot’s toolpaths; and a custom table with an automated paper roll. These components document a geolocation's Instagram feed in real time using an ink brush.
Artist: Matsys (Andrew Kudless with Alan Cation and Clayton Muhleman)
Web Development: Richa Agarwal
Design and engineering software:
Autodesk Vectorize It
Processing + Arduino