Drawing Operations

Drawing Operations is an ongoing collaboration between an artist and a robotic arm. The project investigates ideas of automation, autonomy, and collaboration as an exercise in behavioral empathy.

Sougwen Chung and her Drawing Operations Unit: Generation 1, (D.O.U.G._1) explore mimicry and procedural mark-making as a simple drawing performance between a human and mechanical agent. Alongside developer Yotam Mann, the behavior of the robotic arm was designed to mimic the drawn gesture in real time through the use of a ceiling-mounted camera and computer vision. As D.O.U.G., the robotic arm, interprets the mark of the drawing collaborator, the human agent then responds in kind, resulting in a synchronous, interpretive performance.

Drawing Operations is the first stage of an ongoing study examining human and robotic interaction as an artistic collaboration. Further stages include will examine memory, autonomy, and agency.

Sougwen Chung, Artist

In collaboration with
Yotam Mann

Commissioned by
New Inc / New Museum
New Hive

Thanks to Square Fabrication, & Slanted Studios.
Debuted at Rebull Studios NY.

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Synergies between Sound-Visuals-Movement, audiovisual interactive systems, augmented realities, graphic representations of sound and movement in real time, hyper-sensory immersive media and synaesthesia states.

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  • recipient

    hi man this is an extract of our last rehearsal in marseille for an upcoming performance in 2016. We still developing software and hardware.
    vimeo.com/130564844 all the scene, exept the final part are realtime interactive stuff made in Of - thx for your wonderfull blog collection / inspiration

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    Our beautiful Christmas tree with projection mapping:

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  • B K

    'It's not all Black and White'
    Dangerous modern art.
    Only for the brave tho.

    by B K

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