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Patrick Tresset

Solo Show

17 June until 9 July 2011

PV: 16 June, 7 - 9pm

'Well, that helped to pass the time,' says Vladimir.

'It would have passed anyway,' Estragon replies.

– Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot.

Tresset uses what he calls 'clumsy robotics' to create autonomous cybernetic entities that are playful projections of the artist. For his exhibition, Tresset will present three robotic installations that each embody the draughtsman as a single minded entity that draws to let time flow. 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 and erasing actions. Yet, it is capable of displaying attention and purpose when focusing on a sitter or their image and drawing their face in a style akin to Tresset's own panoply. The impact of intention is even more striking if the action slightly fails, such as when the arm is attempting to draw a straight line but not managing to perfectly do so.

* Hal Foster, ‘Real Fictions’, Artforum, April 2017

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Event Schedule

3.00 – 4.10pm, Screening Programme 
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Héloïse Delègue, Beverley Gadsden, Varvara Shavrova, Marios Stamatis, Joseph Steele, Emily Willey, Johanne Wort

4.30 – 6.40pm, Guest Contributors
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4.30 – 5.00pm, Ellen Kenyon Peers, 'Ana Key is Imagining Utopian Futures: Can art be used as a tool for change in contemporary politics?’
5 – 5.30pm, Emily Rosamond, 'Distortions'
5.30 – 6pm, Simone Rowat,' Forensic Aesthetics'
6.00 – 6.10pm, Guest Film Screening, Joey Holder, ‘Adcredo’ (2018)
6.10 – 6.40pm, Q&A 


7 – 9pm, Private View
FREE, ALL WELCOME
8 – 8.10pm, Performance, Paul Gaudet, 'A Glimpse Inside (Introducing Darren Reeves)', Performed by Darren Reeves (2018)
Exhibiting Artists, Héloïse Delègue, Beverley Gadsden, Paul Gaudet, Samantha Greer, Parinot Kunakornwong, Norman Mine, Denis Mortell, Miriam Naeh, Serkan Sarier, Varvara Shavrova, Marios Stamatis, Joseph Steele, Emily Willey, Johanne Wort


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Conspiracy of the Real: Artistic Perspectives in a Post-Truth Climate was developed by:
Paul Chapellier, Héloïse Delègue, Saskia Fischer, Beverley Gadsden, Paul Gaudet, Samantha Greer, Parinot Kunakornwong, James Low, Norman Mine, Denis Mortell, Miriam Naeh, Phillip Reeves, Serkan Sarier, Varvara Shavrova, Marios Stamatis, Joseph Steele, Emily Willey, Johanne Wort. Project supervision by: Kate Pickering and Sam Plagerson. Special thanks to Michael Newman and Borbála Soós. Produced in collaboration with Tenderpixel and the MFA Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths College. 

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Patrick Tresset is currently a researcher at Goldsmiths College, University of London. After an interruption of almost seven years in his artistic practice, Tresset has found his medium of expression by diverting his on-going academic research he conducts in collaboration with Prof. Frederic Fol Leymarie from the Department of Computing. Their Aikon-II project investigates the sketching activity through computational modeling and robotics. Aikon-II is currently in part funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Aikon has received attention including from the BBC, Wired, Blueprint, New Scientist, and El Mundo.

We are grateful for the support of:

This work is supported in part by a Leverhulme Trust grant held at Goldsmiths College, University of London.