Sunday, July 3, 2016

Week 2 Robotics + Art

When it came to the relationship of technology and art I had the view that technology was shaped and grew art, and that art didn't shape technology. I've seen Ipads and other electronic devices with apps that were designed or used to create different paintings/drawings, picture editing/photoshop, or other forms of of digital art. These digital arts to me were really my prime examples of technology aiding art, but in reverse it was rare for art to aid technology and I didn't pick up on it.

After going over this weeks lectures and readings I now have seen that in many way art also influences the creation of new forms of technology just as technology influences art. The example I look at is the perception of robots in Japan, and America and how Robots being a clear technological creation, are now being influenced and created to be imaged as a piece of art also. One such Robot in Japan is "Erica" a robot with distictive human features and details. In America we are starting to now see this human-like influence be added to robots along with a high technological intellect.
 Image result for Erica robot

Now another thing pointed out this week was how science has influeced the reproduction of art, and how that art in returns helps us understand science. One such device is a geographic 3D printer.

Instead of simply creating a flat replication of a painting, a 3D printer is able to copy the bumps and marks from actual painting giving it a more realistic and authentic feel. This to me is a clear example of art furthering technology specifically scientific technology, because the image displayed allows a visual artist display to further understand geographic patterns. 

Ultimately art and science (robotics) in modern day are more beneficial too each other and are a closer relationship than I previously perceived. They now with robotics can bring together human like features and emotion to add a more artist/real feel to it.  Donna Haraway believes that robots will lead to a world where gender is obsolete, which I would agree with based upon this growing relationship between robotics and art and the control we have on that relationship. 

1. Benjamin, Walter. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. London: Penguin, 2008. Print.

2. Davis, Douglas. “The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction (an Evolving Thesis: 1991-1995)”. Leonardo 28.5 (1995): 381–386. Web…

 3. Knight, Heather. "How Humans Respond to Robots: Building Public Policy through Good Design." The Brookings Institution. 2014. Web. 1 July 2016 

 4. McCurry, Justin. "Erica, the 'most Beautiful and Intelligent' Android, Leads Japan's Robot Revolution." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 2015. Web. 1 July. 2016.

 5. "3D Printer Creates Identical Reproductions of Fine Art Paintings." Designboom Architecture Design Magazine 3D Printer Creates Identical Reproductions of Fine Art Paintings Comments. 2013. Web. 1 July. 2016. <>.


1. IRobot Human Features. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web.

2. Erica Robot. Digital image. Https:// N.p., n.d. Web.
3. 3D Sandbox. Digital image. Http:// N.p., n.d. Web.


1 comment:

  1. Prior to this week's readings, I had a very similar perspective to yours in that technology shaped art rather than vice versa. I never realized how much art played just as much of a role in the advancement of technology. Your example of the geographic 3D printer perfectly demonstrates how art has influenced technology. This 3D printer is merely just one example of how well art and technology complement one another. As technology becomes more advanced as the years go by, art will gradually have a greater influence on it.