This weekend I went to a festival of digital art at Gaîte Lyrique. One of the highlights of the exhibition included ‘Les Roues du chant’ by Jean-Robert Sedano and Solveig de Ory. This artwork comprised of a series of bicycle wheels which made sounds when they were spun. When the wheels move at once together they generated different sounds which enabled a group of people to create a harmony from the various sounds which are produced by each movement.
Another highlight of the exhibition was a robot which draws portraits made by Patrick Tresset. The title of the work is ‘Paul’ and was created in 2010. With incredible accuracy the robot analyses the dimensions of the face of the person sitting in front of it and then it sketches out the features of the face in biro on a piece of paper. What was fascinating about this work was that the robot seemed to have a certain artistic ‘style’ and when comparing the drawings which were displayed on the wall it was possible to pick up on different techniques used. This is because the portraits were done at different times and the final outcome depends on the light reflecting off the face of the person being drawn.