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£50 robot drawing arm on Kickstarter

From: Affordable robot drawing arm brings computer sketches to life on paper

Using a pen or paintbrush, this small WiFi-connected robot arm is able to recreate on paper, whatever you draw on a touchscreen device.
…Controlled by an accompanying app, the robot is programmed to mimic the motion of the hand, drawing each line in exactly the same order and copying precisely the drawing style and character.

The robot is able to hold a pen or paintbrush of the user’s choice, while a metal plate enables it to securely sit on a piece of paper, a sketchbook, diary or notebook. It can also be hung on a wall or mounted on a fridge thanks to its magnetic base.

But what if you connect to it an AI? Augmenting art or disrupting it?

Galleries start to specialize in digital art

From Where Art and Technology Collide – The New York Times

Galleries like American Medium that work with young artists — and cater to a crowd that has grown up with the internet — are approaching web-based art with a renewed purpose.

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Even when the digital component isn’t as obvious, the work is often still influenced by the internet. In “Lavendra,” its current show, the artist E. Jane extracted images of ’90s R&B singers from YouTube videos and printed them on fabric

Ai Weiwei Uses Drones, Hidden Cameras and iPads to spy on exhibition visitors

From At Ai Weiwei’s Unnerving New Installation, The Art Spies On You

The installation is an enormous, interactive environment of voyeurism. Instead of entering the armory from its grand, ceremonial entrance on Park Avenue, you’re funneled through a back entrance and a long, narrow, dim hallway before reaching the Drill Hall, a 55,000-square-foot space with an eight-story-tall ceiling. The cavernous interior is pitch-black and the floor has a slight slope, making it disorienting to explore at first.

When I first walked inside, I wasn’t exactly sure what was going on, but as I took a few steps toward the center of the space, I began to notice static projections on the floor. Then, I realized that these projections were actually still photographs of my body taken from overhead. As I was looking around trying to make sense of the installation, the installation was quietly doing the same to me. One of the most chilling moments involved a drone buzzing overhead. Periodically, it would make a sweep of the space, then disappear. It caught me off guard when I suddenly heard its propellers buzzing over my head and felt the breeze it was generating.

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The “other parts” to which Herzog is referring are hidden cameras installed elsewhere in the armory that silently take your photograph and file them into a database.

In another part of the installation–which visitors are routed to after they’ve meandered in the Drill Hall–you’re invited to take a photograph of yourself on an iPad, and the facial-recognition software then searches the database to find your file photo.

Elsewhere, black-and-white portraits of people who have visited the installation are displayed on large screens. The final element of surveillance is a live stream of people in the Drill Hall, projected on a screen.

Jonah Brucker-Cohen Turn Website Visits Into Drill Holes In A Wall

From Art.CHI – Alerting Infrastructure

Alerting Infrastructure is a physical hit counter consisting of a mechanical jackhammer or drill that translates hits to the web site of an organization into interior damage of the physical building that web site or organization represents. The focus of the piece is to amplify the concern that physical spaces are slowly losing ground to their virtual counterparts. The amount of structural damage to the building directly correlates to the amount of exposure and attention the website gets, thus exposing the physical structure’s temporal existence