Oddtoe is what you would call a conversion or creative roboticist. It’s fun to design a functional robot from scratch. Though it’s more fun to play with other toys, and do something new with them, alter them to an artistic purpose, combine them with other forms of art.
Where autonomous movement and exact precision are needed, a well-designed robot makes a wonderful keystone in an installation art piece. Like staring into a fire, any movement draws your attention. They’re fascinating as is. Imagine what they would look like adorned. Enhanced. Morphed with a kinetic sculpture. This is what a creative roboticist would imagine.
Working with other roboticists, Oddtoe looks for the possibilities for creative expression in a robot’s form, movement, choreography, communication, and automation. Each of these possibilities can spark a thought or a direction for a piece of art. Many of these possibilities are, excitingly, unexplored from an artist’s standpoint.
What is a Creative Roboticist?
Short answer is I don’t care. It’s a good set of keywords.
The long answer is a creative roboticist is what ever I make it. To me, Oddtoe is meant to be a jovially-bizarre journey, an empty vessel to be filled with ideas like creative robotics, rogue taxidermy, extreme topiary, etc. The ingredients are just as important as the recipe, as the final dish. So a creative roboticist is what ever I’d like to make it. A far more firm definition will soon be applied to this field of art.
Who Would Want a Robot Art Piece?
Technology companies, start-ups, museums, modern art galleries, global advertising agencies, and futurists to name a few.
Do You Work With Other Roboticists?
Robotics is moving so fast. Much faster than the art world. Oddtoe is there to catch the wake, so to speak, of the incredible work of the robotics community. To work alongside as humanity takes its best guess about how to work with these things. A creative roboticist isn’t the most important cog in this wheel, but I don’t see anyone else looking at making fun of robots, finding ways to let humans feel one last bit of superiority before the machines take our jobs and become our intimate partners ;).
What’s the Perfect Piece?
A robot is at the core of the idea. In itself, the robot is so interesting and intricate that I just need to imagine how it could be better, more interesting, how I can bring out features in the robot to the viewer. Could I place the robot in a different setting? Augment it somehow? Color or adorn it? What other forms can be brought to the party — projected light, kinetic sculpture, digital art?
What Idea Do I Want the Viewer to Have?
This is my favorite part of the creative process. Robots conjure up so much in the human mind: fascination, curiosity, fear, and I’d like to explore humor. Humor is a circuit breaker and let’s other deeper ideas possible once the viewer has let down their guard. It’s here that exciting possibilities exist, not all of which I can control as an artist. But I love that. Individuals will have individual takes on what I created and what I meant to convey.
That frees me up to not to have a point to my art 😉