New York City, NY — It’s an ArtBots invasion in Harlem!
The Third Annual ArtBots, the Robot Talent Show did take place on September 17, 18, & 19 2004 at The Mink Building on 126th Street & Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem.
Featuring the work of 20 artists and groups from seven countries, the show celebrated the strange and wonderful collision of shifty artists, disgraced engineers, high/low/no tech hackers, rogue scientists, beauty school dropouts, backyard pyros, and industrial espionage that has come to define the emerging field of robotic art.
Participants did include robots that sketch, carve, float, wiggle, hum, ring, grow, wander, and sing, as well a number of works the form and function of which are not yet well understood.
In organizing the show, 2004 ArtBots curators Douglas Repetto (CMC), Mark Tribe (DMC), and Mary Flanagan (Hunter College) have drawn from a large and varied pool of open call respondents and invitees. They have selected an eclectic, nuanced, and stimulating group of works that reflect the diversity of opinions, techniques, strategies, and goals found in the world of robotic art. Our project “elf” was selected to take part at the ArtBots show this September. We spent 8 days in Manhattan to build up and show our installation “elf”. Thanks to Douglas and his helpers we had a wonderful and nice experience as well as a nice show in a beautiful old building. The variety of the shown ArtBots was quite wide and a we got to know some new electronic life forms.