Explore the Abstraction.

Out of the box/kit the artBot has just four values to control.The distance a wheel would travel in a period (forward and then back) and revealed an incredible vast array of potential drawings. We control these values via a single rotary encoder – the term for a continuous digital dial. You move between values by[…]

Differential Drive.

By far the most common, convenient and tested model for driving simple robots is a differential drive system. A ‘differential drive’ systems is a drive system that operates on the difference in force produce at two or more points to turn the robot. In a differential drive system the robots drive and its steering are[…]

How would we build one? 

The Artbot project is as a outcome of the very process it tries to teach. The platform is designed for you to explore the many possible answers to this question by just doing rather than learning. The answers to the question of how to build an artBot is the very reason for building one. In[…]

Science meets Art.

In the truth we exposed about art (through art) we exposed something about expression more generally. In exposing something about expression we seem to expose something about the nature of human thought and consciousness; That creative thought was not something that occurred in the wetware we call a brain – but that appeared to happen[…]

Art Machines.

Jean Tinguely is a Swiss artist who is best known for his Kinetic Art -art that ‘paints’ with movement in time and space. He is connected to the Dada movement and this sense of the absurd and nonesensical is an important element of his practice. From the late 50’s he produced a number of beautiful[…]

Art Machines and Robots?

Art in the twentieth century is a story about people trying to represent the world and connect with each other in the face of unprecedented change. The period up to the beginning of the 20th century saw Einstein, Darwin, Freud, Marx, Nietzsche, The Industrial Revolution, Electronic Communication, Steam Engines all rearrange our concepts of space,[…]