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