Long Distance Art – One artist, two robots and three paintings in Vienna, Berlin and London

On September 26th the Vienna Tourist Board will be hosting an event where Alex Kiessling is creating artworks not only in Vienna, but simultaneously in Berlin, at Breitscheidplatz, and London, at Trafalgar Square. With the help from Strukt Design Studio, Alex is using two industrial robots (ABB IRB 4600) who are fed by real-time tracking data from Vienna via satellite connection to the remote cities. The result will be three artworks that are later brought together to built a triptych.

The team are using VVVV by reading data from an infra-red touch frame and a Microsoft Kinect. The data is then translated to feed the coordinates to the robots' servers -- difficult process since the robots' software was not designed to interpret real-time data. The robots then recreate the movements of the artist and draw their interpretation of Alex's drawing in real time. The data will be transmitted from Vienna to Berlin and London using a dedicated satellite connection.

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