International ArtBots Exhibition is Looking for Robots

Posted 19 Mar 2008 at 16:08 UTC by steve Share This

ArtBots is an international talent show for art robots. ArtBots 2008 will be coming up soon. Douglas Repetto of Columbia University emailed to remind us that, "this isn't really a competition, but it is an opportunity for people to show their creative robotics work." They don't have any fixed idea of what constitutes an art robot, so if you have something you think might qualify as both a robot and art, they're interested in seeing it. Oh, and while they say it's not a competition, there is an "audience choice award" and a "artist choice award" up for grabs. Need some ideas? Take a look at the winners from the 1st Artbots, 2nd Artbots, 3rd Artbots, or 4th Artbots events. Read on for the full text of their call for entries and an entry form.


ArtBots 2008 Call for Works

ArtBots (http://artbots.org) is pleased to announce that the fifth international ArtBots exhibition for robotic art and art-making robots will take place at the Trinity College Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland on September 19-21, 2008. Creators of talented robots are invited to submit their work for possible inclusion in the show.

We have no fixed idea of what qualifies as robotic art; if you think it's a robot and you think it's art, we encourage you to submit your work. Regardless of whether it’s hi-tech, low-tech, or neg-tech, we’re interested in the ideas you’re working with, not just the gear. Proposals for workshops, performances, and other kinds of participation are also welcome.

Each ArtBots is a bit different; the location changes and we invite new humans to co-curate the show with us. We hope that by changing the specifics of the show each year we can keep it accessible to a diverse range of people, works, and ideas.


This year’s co-curators are:

Warren Ellis: author of novels, comics, video games, and screenplays; blogger and creator of numerous online forums

Marie Redmond: computer science professor; director of the MSc Multimedia Systems Course, Trinity College; entrepreneur

Douglas Repetto: artist and teacher; Director of Research at the Columbia University Computer Music Center, director and founder of ArtBots, dorkbot, organism, and music-dsp


ArtBots is a hands-on, community-oriented show, run by and for artists. Participating artists install their own work and are present during the show to meet one another, maintain their pieces, and talk with visitors. Each participant is given a 1000 Euro artist fee to help cover the cost of attending. All costs, including shipping, travel, lodging, meals, etc., are the responsibility of the artist. While we cannot provide additional monetary resources, we are happy to provide invitation letters or other documents that might help artists with local grant applications, sponsorships, etc.

Important Dates:

Deadline for entries: 1 May Acceptance notifications sent: 2 June Artists confirm participation by: 16 June Show load-in and installation: 16-18 September Show open: 19-21 September Breakdown and load-out: 22 September


To submit your work for consideration for ArtBots 2008, please fill out the following form. In addition to the form, please provide documentation (photos, video, sounds, plans, etc.) and a brief statement describing the work and your motivation for creating it. Tell us why the work is interesting, and help us understand how it fits in the context of the ArtBots show.

We strongly encourage you to create a website with your entry materials in an easily viewable form. This will allow the three geographically separated curators to view the materials as you intend them to be viewed.

Email attachments, printed documentation, slides, videotapes, CD-ROMs, and DVDs are all acceptable as documentation, but will make it more difficult for the curators to view your work. We regret that we cannot return submitted materials, so please do not send originals.

Please send your entry form and documentation to:



ArtBots c/o Douglas Repetto Columbia University Computer Music Center 632 W 125th St. 318 Prentis Hall New York, NY 10027 USA

Entries must be received by May 1st, 2008. There is no entry fee. We will send you confirmation via email when we receive your entry. Have fun!

Douglas Repetto Marie Redmond Warren Ellis

Curators, ArtBots 2008


ArtBots 2008 is a joint production of The Science Gallery at Trinity College, ArtBots, and The Columbia University Computer Music Center.

http://www.sciencegallery.ie http://artbots.org http://music.columbia.edu/cmc

What is the Science Gallery?

The Science Gallery is a new public science centre located in the heart of Dublin city. A place where ideas meet, the Gallery will bring together people with diverse interests and backgrounds including creative thinkers and young innovators, to connect, explore, create, debate and share ideas on science, technology and the arts, opening up these fields to new audiences.

The Science Gallery ‘space’ consists of a 144-seater multimedia theatre, studios, café and stunning open gallery space, providing an ideal location for new emerging creative talent to be discovered through a programme of changing exhibitions, events and workshops.

With a target audience of 15 year olds up and an emphasis on creating a collaborative community, the Science Gallery, which launched in February 2008 with LIGHTWAVE, a nine-day festival exploring the art and science of controlling light already has over 2000 members. For more information on the Science Gallery and our past and upcoming programmes visit www.sciencegallery.com


ArtBots 2008 Entry Form

Title of work:

Contact name:

Contact email address:

Mailing address and phone number:

Other project members:


What are the physical dimensions of the work and its operating area?

How is your work powered? Does it have any special power needs?

Does your work require access to any resources (other than electrical power) that you cannot provide yourself (e.g. a sound system, video projector, net access, special lighting, compressed air, running water, etc.)?

Is your work particularly loud, bright, or active, or does your work require extreme quiet, darkness, or other particular sound/light conditions?

How long does it take you to set up your work, and how difficult is it to set up?

Has the piece traveled before? Do you foresee any problems transporting the work?

How long can your piece run reliably? Can it run continuously for several hours over the course of several days? Does it need frequent maintenance?

Is this a completed work, or is it still being designed or built?

If it is still in the planning stages, what is your timeline for completing the piece?

List any elements of your work that are potentially dangerous or may cause fire/safety code problems in indoor spaces (gas engine, fire, hazardous chemicals, projectiles, etc.):

Is there anything else you think we should know about your work?

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