Call for Works: ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show
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ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show
Call for Works
The third annual ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show, an international art
exhibition for robotic art and art-making robots, will take place in
New York City in early fall 2004. Creators of talented robots are
invited to submit their work for possible inclusion in the show.
Proposals and works-in-progress are welcome, provided a detailed
production timeline and samples of previous work are included in the
application. The deadline for entries is May 1st, 2004.
Please see http://artbots.org for more information and entry instructions.
ArtBots is an international art exhibition for robotic art and
art-making robots. Each year we publish an open call for submissions,
inviting artists from around the world to send us information about
their work. No firm rules exist on the types of work that can
participate; if you think it's a robot and you think it's art, we
encourage you to submit. The final list of participants is a mix of
works selected from the open call submissions and additional artists
invited by the ArtBots curators.
The ArtBots curators for 2004 are: Douglas Repetto (Columbia
University Computer Music Center), Mark Tribe (Columbia University
Digital Media Center), and Mary Flanagan (Hunter College Film/Media
Department). ArtBots is sponsored by the Columbia University Computer
Music Center and Digital Media Center.
The first ArtBots took place in May 2002 at Pratt Institute in
Brooklyn and included the work of ten artists/groups. The show was
curated by Douglas Repetto and Philip Galanter (New York University).
Nearly six hundred people visited the show during its one-day run,
and the show received very positive coverage in many print and online
publications in the USA and internationally, including The New York
Times, TimeOutNY, BoingBoing.net, and NASA's Cool Robot of the Week
The second ArtBots show was held at Eyebeam Gallery in Manhattan in
July 2003 as part of Eyebeam's summer robotics festival, ROBOT.
Twenty two works by artists and groups from six countries
participated in the show, which again received extensive press
coverage, including national TV (CNN, NBC, NY1), radio (NPR, Future
Tense, WBAI, Studio 360), print (Newsweek, Wired Magazine, New York
Times, New York Press, Nature), and online publications. About two
thousand people visited the two-day show, which was curated by
Douglas Repetto, Philip Galanter, and Jenny Lee (Pratt Institute).
Q: Is ArtBots a robot competition like BattleBots, RobotWars, etc?
A: No. ArtBots is an art exhibition featuring robotic art and
art-making robots. While ArtBots is not a competition, we do give out
two awards at the end: the "Audience Choice Award" and the "Artists'
Q: Then why do you call it a talent show?
Q: We call it "ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show" because the robots
demonstrate their talents during the show. However, it's not
structured like a traditional talent show. It's really an art
exhibition with a funny name.
Q: How many works will be in the show?
A: Fifteen to twenty.
Q: I'm not sure if my work qualifies for your show. What exactly are
you looking for?
A: As the name of the show implies, we're looking for work that is
some part art and some part robot. The meanings of "art" and "robot"
are left open. Possible formats/media include objects, installations,
sculpture, live performance, etc. If you're still not sure, the
documentation of previous participants on http://artbots.org should
give you some idea of the kind of work we're looking for.
A: Are the artists that participate in the show compensated in any manner?
Q: Each participating artist/group will receive an artist's fee of
$500. This fee may be used in any way the artist/group desires. All
other costs, including transportation, shipping, lodging, etc. are
the responsibility of the artist/group.
Q: When/Where will the event take place?
A: In early fall 2004, in New York City, most likely in upper
Manhattan. The exact date and location have not yet been determined.
Q: Is ArtBots open to people outside of New York City?
A: Yes, ArtBots is an international art show, and has featured the
work of artists from around the world. Unfortunately we're not in a
position to offer anything in the way of support or accommodations
for out-of-town participants, beyond the artist's fee described
above. (Although we can probably help you find a place to stay if
Q: What's the point of ArtBots?
A: We started ArtBots because we wanted to have fun and to celebrate
some of the creative, non-violent, and not-so-competitive aspects of
robotics. People all over the world are making work that combines art
and robotics and they're asking interesting, important questions
about art, technology, creativity, responsibility, authorship,
consciousness, and so on. ArtBots is our way of focusing attention on
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