ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show is an annual art exhibition for robotic art and art-making robots. It is produced by the Columbia University Computer Music Center with support from the Digital Media Center. I was invited to co-curate ArtBots 2004 with new media artist Mary Flanagan and Douglas Irving Repetto, the director of ArtBots.
Featuring the work of 20 artists and groups from seven countries, the show celebrates the strange and wonderful collision of artists, engineers, hackers, rogue scientists, and backyard gear heads that has come to define the emerging field of robotic art. Participants include robots that sketch, carve, float, wiggle, hum, ring, grow, wander, and sing, as well a number of works the form and function of which are not yet well understood. In keeping with the "Robot Talent Show" theme, attendees will be invited to vote for their favorite ArtBot. Two awards will be presented at the end of the show: The Audience Choice Award and The Artists’ Choice Award. All ArtBots artists and curators will be present throughout the event.