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The Shadow Robot Company, With NASA As A Client

Big congrats to The Shadow Robot Company, who snagged NASA as a client and got a nice feature just published about them — Guardian UK reports, Some people dream of climbing Mount Everest; Richard Greenhill dreams of a general-purpose robot … Continue reading

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Momoyo Torimitsu’s Miyata Jiro

Artist Momoyo Torimitsu‘s (website sound alert) Japanese businessman crawling robot “Miyata Jiro” isn’t brand new, but the discovery of the video of her running her creepy art machine live on the streets in downtown Syndey, Australia last year is too … Continue reading

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Jeremy Mayer’s Typewriter Sculptures

As frustrating as Jeremy Mayer‘s website is to navigate and the annoyances of automatic browser resize found there, none of it diminishes the cool, beautiful aesthetic of his work. Mayer makes people and animals purely out of old typewriters, and … Continue reading

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a visit to 40% off : an art show for the new economy

Last night I went to 40% off: an art show for the new economy by SF Media Labs in Oakland — I’d written a column about the Instructables troublemakers who’d created The Joydick (interview: San Francisco Chronicle), but there was … Continue reading

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SWARM speaks: an autonomous orb interview

Image by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid. If you’ve been to events such as Maker Faire, you’ve likely seen the gorgeous shiny metal, somewhat ominous looking autonomous orbs rolling about seemingly of their own volition — known as SWARM. The … Continue reading

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a real taste of Carl Pisaturo’s work

Pisaturo’s Area 2881. A little over a week ago, Wired ran a short but very pleasant piece on the work of enigmatic art machine madman Carl Pisaturo. A local (San Francisco) artist, he seems to be on the trajectory of … Continue reading

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animation: Andrew Huang’s “Doll Face”

Poetic and full of bio-mechanical longing, Andrew Huang‘s animated short “Doll Face” is a must-watch for art machine fans. It’s a nice momentary mental sidetrack if you’re working on your own art machines, and it’s pleasing to know the film … Continue reading

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in London, do not miss: Kinetica Art Fair 2009

Image of moth-eating Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robot (lamp) by Materials Beliefs. This sounds like the machine art event of the year, and while plane fares to London are at an all-time low… the Kinetica Art Fair 2009, the UK’s first … Continue reading

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soft biology, sharp machinery: Jud Turner

Jud Turner’s “TriloTemporalis” (January, 2009) Seen at Make, sculptor Jud Turner‘s unfortunately non-functional yet gorgeous skeletal “Bio-Cycle” led me to explore more in his galleries, chock full of what he deems blending biological hallucinations with hard steel, and his love … Continue reading

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congratulations : Benjamin Cowden’s site re-launch, new machines!

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