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PLEASE NOTE: This is information about the 2002 ArtBots show.
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Press Release


Robots put on Talent Show - ArtBots First of a Kind

NEW YORK CITY, NY - May 1, 2002 ( Battlebots, stand at ease - a kinder, gentler, more creative robot has arrived. In fact a number of "ArtBots" are getting together in New York City, and with a little help from their human friends, they've decided to put on a show.

The first annual ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show will take place from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 25th, 2002. A hybrid combining aspects of both a juried art exhibition and a traditional talent show, more than a dozen artists, engineers and tinkerers will contribute to this high-tech, high-concept, high-fun one-day event.

Unlike the destructive and dimwitted radio-controlled cars on steroids made popular by TV shows like Battlebots and Robotwars, ArtBots are creative, autonomous robots more interested in making art than wreaking havoc. Some ArtBots are musicians; but don't mention the word "musicbox," lest they take offense! Each musical ArtBot has its own style and technique for making music. Other ArtBots are visual artists and will demonstrate their drawing and painting prowess for the crowd. Then there are the ArtBots whose talents are a bit harder to nail down; you might call them cybernetic performance artists!

Curator Douglas Irving Repetto notes "The reach of robotics is expanding rapidly, not only in traditional domains like manufacturing but also in fields like sports, medicine, and the arts. Being artists who often work with technology, we wanted to find a way to highlight some of the terrific work that's being done in the world of robotic art. Robots have developed a popular reputation as a highly competitive and often aggressive bunch; our proposal is that robots are what you make of them. And we'd prefer our robots to make art."

Co-Curator Philip Galanter adds "We want this to be fun for the whole family. But this is also serious fun. ArtBots represents the emerging intersection of computer technology, sculpture, mechanical engineering, and generative art. ArtBots is a robot talent show, but for the time being it requires humans who can cross boundaries to make it happen."

ArtBots includes among its sponsors the Columbia University Computer Music Center, the New York University Arts Technology Group, the Pratt Institute Industrial Design Program, the Madagascar Institute, and the Robotics Society of America.

Additional Details:

Cost: this is a FREE event
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2002
Time: Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Pratt Studios Building
Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Ave. (near Hall st.), Brooklyn, New York
Pratt Institute Phone - 718-636-3600
Nearest Subway: G Train - Clinton-Washington station

Additional information, including schedules, directions to the event, and information about the participants is available at:

High quality photos of the participating ArtBots are available upon request.

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Interview Contact: Douglas Irving Repetto (curator)
Telephone: 212-854-9266
fax: 212-854-9267

Interview Contact: Philip Galanter (co-curator)
Telephone: 212-998-304
fax: 212-995-4021

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