Robot art is keen for a number of reasons, not the least of which is because one will never have to worry about a robot going slightly insane from something in the paint, causing it to cut its hearing mechanism out and send it to a whore. Another one of those reasons is, they don’t have any imagination, so anything they create is uninspired, but all the more amazing because of it. In rolls Robo Faber, the creation of Los Angeles artist, designer, and software creator Matthias Dörfelt. Forget about all those artistic animals that “paint” Pollock-spots. Robo Faber’s understanding of abstract fits more in line with my tastes.
Dörfelt was inspired by how the hand is used to create drawings, and used that logic in creating the algorithm that Robo Faber uses. It can connect the lines of the things it draws, but works in completely random ways, so it’s up to the beholder to make sense of what connections it has to our trials and tribulations in modern society. Or maybe it’s just lines. In any case, Robo Faber probably won’t be accused of forging its own work, as its programming allows for an endless number of unique sketches depicting things that almost look like they’re real. I’m picturing a little switch on the bottom that allows users to choose between “regular,” “bug,” and “dick-shaped.”
Check out a few of Robo Faber’s works below. I wonder if Dörfelt can program it to come up with its own signature, or maybe an infinite number of them.
But what you really want is to see the robot in action, right? Maybe slap an afro on it and ask it to paint some happy trees?
Those aren’t the only autonomous artforms that Dörfelt is capable of producing. He also came up with a program that draws an infinite number of faces based on a simple set of rules. The video below will show you some of those faces.
And remember, kids, if robots are creating art, art will never die. (It won’t die in either case, but we like to say that to make the ‘bots happy.)