Opline Prize

I have been shortlisted by Alain Thibault (curator of the International Digital Art Biennal of Montreal) for the Opline Prize. The laureate of this prize is “elected” by public vote online. To go straight to the point: would you vote for me? The vote closes on the 30th October.
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Human Traits

Patrick Tresset, Human Traits and the Art of Creative Machines.

Purchase online here: http://laznia.pl/index.php?mod=ksiegarnia&aid=59&page=2&&lang=en
Edited by: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński
Published by: Centre for Contemporary Art LAZNIA
Info: Paperback, illustrated: 205 pages, dimensions: 16,5 x 23,5 cm.
Language: Polish/English
ISBN: 978-83-61646-73-0


Main Portfolio (2011-2016)
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Drawings & Paintings (2011-2016)
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Human Studies (2011-2016)
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Patrick Tresset is a London based artist. His art practice follows two main paths, on one hand Tresset presents theatrical installations in which robotic agents are actors, these installations are often evocations of humanness. Tresset crafts the computational systems driving the robots so that their behaviour can be perceived as artistic, expressive and obsessive. These systems are influenced by research into human behaviour, more specifically how humans make marks, how humans depict other humans, how humans perceive artworks and how humans relate to robots. On the other hand Tresset also uses robots and computational systems to produce series of drawings, paintings and videos.

Originally a painter, Tresset is part of a generation of artists coming out of Goldsmiths College's computing department. In 2004 Tresset joined Goldsmiths for an MSc degree in Arts Computing where from 2009 until 2012 he co-directed the AIkon-II project, a project which aimed to model and understand the sketching process. He also developed and taught the creative robotics module at Goldsmiths. In 2013 Patrick was a Senior Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz working with Prof. Deussen. Tresset has published research papers in the fields of computational aesthetics, social robotics, drawing research and AI.

Patrick’s work has been internationally exhibited in solo and group shows, in association with major museums and institutions such as The Pompidou Center (Paris), Tate Modern (London), Museum of Israel (Jerusalem), Prada Foundation (Milan), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), Bozar (Brussels), Laznia Center (Gdansk) and other events such as Art Brussels, Ars Electronica, Update_5, London Art Fair, Kinetica Art Fair and Istanbul Biennial.



CLASSROOM, Merge, Algarve House, London, UK, May 2017
5RNP,  Dixit Algorizmi, Gallery, Berlin, DE, 3 /11-31/12/2016
Human Traits, Laznia, Gdansk, PL, 31/6-­5/7/2015
Human Studies, Bildungsturm, Konstanz, DE, 27/09-­15/10/2013
6 Robots Named Paul, Merge Festival, Supported by Tate Modern, London, UK, Oct 3­-21/10/2012
New Work, Tenderpixel Gallery, London, UK, 19/6­-9/7, 2011





The son of Man who ate the the scroll, Goshka Macuga, Foundazione Prada, installation, “Before the beginning and after the end”,  Milan, IT, Feb 4­-Jun 19
VIA, Maubeuge, FR, Mar 10­-20
Ex Nihilo, Nihil Fit, Brussels, BE, Apr 16-24
EXIT, MAC, Creteil, FR, Apr 7­-17
Mens En Machine, Turnhout, BE, Mar 19-­May 22
BIAN, Montreal, CA, Jun 3­-Jul 3
SEEING, Science Gallery, Dublin, IR, Jun 24 ­-Sept 18
HUMAN FACTOR,  Ars Electronica , Berlin, DE, 10 Jul-27 Aug
Przemiany Festival,  Copernicus Center, Warsaw, PL,  Sep ­ 1-4European Forum,  ARS Electronica, Alpbach, AT, 25-28 Aug.
Gruppo 78, Trieste, IT, 29 Oct-27 Nov
Fokker Terminal,  La Hague, NL, 17 Nov


L’Anatomie de l’automate, La Panacée, Montpellier, FR, Nov 21-Feb 28
Variation Art Fair, Paris, FR Oct 19 – 25
IJCAI, Centre Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, AR, Jul 25-30
Portraits Robots, Maison d’Ailleurs, Yverdon, CH, Jun 21-Jan 31, MyArtBlooms
WRO 2015, Wroclaw, PL, May 13-Jun 30
BOZAR, Brussels, BE, Apr 30-May 3
Robot Essay, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, KR, Apr 28-Jul 19


Codes, Audi City, Beijing, CN, Dec 5­-20
Update 5, NTAA, Ghent, BE, Nov 7­-24
Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, AT, Sep 4­-8
Contact Point, Museum of Israel, Jerusalem, IL, Jul 10, MyArtBlooms
Art Rock Festival, Saint Brieuc, FR, Jun 3­9
Vittenfabrikken, Sandnes, NO, Mar 17-Apr 10


INLOVE, installation, studio 13­16, Pompidou Center, Paris, FR, Oct 13­Nov 3
Science Museum, London, UK, Aug 1
La Gaite Lyrique, Paris, FR, Jun 12


V & A Museum, London, UK, Sep 21-­22
The Lighthouse, Brighton, UK., Feb 17-26
Kinetica Art Fair, London, UK.,Feb 9-­12
London Art Fair,  UK, Jan 18-­22


The Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.,Oct 28­29
Uncontainable: Untitled, ISEA2011, Istanbul, TR, Sep 14-21
V & A Museum, London, UK., Aug 2-6­27


Unleashed Devices, Watermans Centre, London, U.K., Sep 10­- 0ct 22
Science Museum, London, UK,   Jun 25
Kinetica Art fair, London, UK, Feb 4-­7


Miroir, mon beau Miroir, IMEC, Abbaye d’Ardenne, Normandie, France, Jun 23­25 2016­­The Big Draw 2015, Bodleian Libraries in Oxford, United Kingdom, Sep 19­­Le ChâteauVille de Saint­Priest, France, May 6­7 2015­­ Creative Machines, London, UK, Nov 7­16 2014­­Future Play, Lane Crawford, Shanghai, China, Oct 14­20 2014 Convergence, Delegation du Grand Lyon, Paris, France, Oct 1­30 2014­­Prompt # 2, Section Pigalle, Paris, France, May 22­Jun 8 2014­­RoboShow, Moscow, Russia, May 15­Jul 15 2014­­FASTE, La Faiencerie, Creil,
France, Mar 10­29 2014­­Wanted, Koleksiyon, ArtKapsule, London, U.K., Feb 6­Apr 25 2014­­Galerie H+Lyon, France, Sep 6­30 2012­­Bloomsbury Art Fair, London, U.K., Jul 4­8 2012­­Lovebytes, Intuition and Ingenuity, Sheffield, U.K., Mar 22­24 2012­­NABA, “Magic Objects”, Milan, Italy, Dec 12 2011­­TQGGlyndwr University, Wrexham, U.K.,Dec 6­7 2011­­Bond House Open2011, London, U.K.,Nov 18­28­­PopTech, The Opera House, Camden, U.S.A., Oct 19­22 2011



ECP Congress, The Hague, Netherland, 17 Nov.
La Mécanique du Trait, Musée des Arts et Metiers, Paris, France, 10 Nov.
Human Traits, Book Launch, Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw, Poland, 2 Sept.
Interface Monthly, The Trampery, London, UK, 24 Aug.
Human Factor, Drive, Ars Electronica, Berlin, Germany, 9 Aug.
Etudes Humaines, Les machines de L’île, Nantes, France, 10 Jul.


RRI-ICT Forum, IMAL, Brussels, Belgium, 10 Nov.
ING event, Brussels, Belgium, Mar. 26
An Artistic Practice, Fish Island Lab, London, UK, Jan. 22
Artistically Skilled Embodied Agents, CogNovo, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK, Jan. 19


Codes, Audi City, Beijing, China, Dec. 8
Experimenta, Grenoble, France, Oct. 9
Forum Science, Recherche et Société, CNAM, Paris, France, May 22
RoboForum, Moscow, Russia, May 17
The artist as Automaton, UBS Arts Forum, Wolfsberg, Switzerland, Apr. 7-8
Artistically Skilled Embodied Agents, Computational Creativity Symposium, AIB50, Goldsmiths, London, UK, Apr. 2
Robolution, Confluence des savoirs, Lyon, France, Feb. 4


Art and Robotics: Freud’s Unheimlich and the Uncanny Valley, ICRA2013, Karlsruhe, Germany, May 10
A computational evocation of the drawing practice, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz, Germany, Apr. 25


CAe, Computational Aesthetics Symposium, Annecy, France, Jun. 4-6
A computational evocation of the drawing practice, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz, Germany, Apr. 25
Robots and Art, La Ciudad De Las Ideas, Mexico, U.M.S., Nov. 8-10
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K., Sep. 22
Artistic Robots, Lovebytes, Megadork Sheffield, U.K., Mar. 23


The Hospital Club, London, U.K., Nov. 22
Thinking Through Drawing Symposium, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A., Oct. 28
Robotic Department, Brown University, Providence, U.S.A.,Oct. 25
Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Providence, USA, Oct. 25
PopTech! 2011, Camden, U.S.A., Oct.19-22
Skediomata: guinea pig and performer ISEA2011, Istanbul, Turkey, Sep. 15
Patrick Tresset in conversation with Paul Squires, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK., Aug. 25
Seminar on robotics and anthropology, Quay Branly Museum, Paris, France, Apr. 25


Computer Arts Society, Watermans Center London, UK., Oct. 13
The Thursday Club, Goldsmiths College London, UK Sep. 30
Dorkboat2010 London, UK, Sep. 11


Master Art et technologie de l’image, Paris VIII Paris, France, Nov. 10
Digital Arts Media & Technology Symposium, Metropolitan University London, U.K., Oct. 28
Dorkboat2010 London, UK, Sep. 11
Information Technology and Telecommunication Department of the Universitat Pompeu Barcelona, Spain, Sep. 16
The symposium “Art & Science: Exploring the limits of human perception” Benasque, Spain, Jul. 12-17
EVA2009 London, BCS, London, U.K., Jun. 6
PyCon.FR, Cyber-base de la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris, France, May 30-31


Huffington Post, USA, Patrick Tresset, October 1, 2015
If We Get Robots to Make Art, They Won’t Bother to Make War
BBC, United Kingdom, , September 8, 2015:
RoBotticelli: the mechanical marvel creating extraordinary works of art
The Creators Project, United States, Beckett Mufson, June 26, 2015:
Drawing Robot Sketches C-3PO and a T-800 Terminator
Huffington Post, United States, Priscilla Frank, December 11, 2014:
Meet The Automated Sketch-Bot That Creates Art Just Like We Do
The Creators Project, United States, Beckett Mufson, November 7, 2014:
This robot draws like a human
The Telegraph, United Kingdom, May 15 2014:
All singing, all dancing robots appear in Russia for exhibition
Sudkurier, Germany, Julia Russ, October 15, 2013:
Unter dem scharfen Blick des Malroboters

Le Monde, France, Catherine Mary, December 1,  2012:
Patrick Tresset, L’artiste et son double.
El Economista, Mexico, Manuel Lino, November 10, 2012:
Simpatía por los robots
Time Out, United Kingdom, Sonia Barber, October 16, 2012:
Close encounters: have your portrait drawn by ’6 Robots Named Paul’
The Times, United Kingdom, Daisy Greenwell, October 11, 2012:

The Financial Times, How to spend it, United Kingdom, Vicki Reeve, July 01, 2012:

The Independent, United Kingdom, Nick Clark, January 26, 2012:
Is it art – or science? The robotic Rubens that redefines portraiture.

Telegraph, United Kingdom, John O’Ceallaigh, February 9, 2012:
Robot artist can draw human likeness using ball-point pen.
El Pais, Spain, Roberta Bosco and  Stefano Caldana, March 21, 2012:
Paul, el pintor inagotable
Financial Times, United Kingdom , Rachel Spence, September 23, 2011:
Seriously Contemporary
Times of Malta, Malta, Rachel Agius, July 24 , 2011:
Sketching the future
El Mundo’s scientific magazine “Eureka”, Spain,April 18, 2010:Asi nos retrata un robot
New Scientist, United Kingdom, Sandrine Ceurstemont, April 2, 2010:
Life-drawing robot could teach us about art


P. Tresset,  F. F. Leymarie
“Portrait Drawing by Paul the Robot”, Computers and Graphics, volume 37, 2013. (PDF)Proceedings
P. Tresset, O. Deussen
“Artistically Skilled Embodied Agents”,  Proceedings of AISB2014, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, 1st – 4th April 2014. (PDF)
P. Tresset, F. F. Leymarie
“Human Robot Interaction and Drawing”,Workshop on “Robot Feedback in Human-Robot Interaction”, part of RoMan, the 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Paris, France, September 2012.
P. Tresset, F. F. Leymarie
“Sketches by Paul the Robot”, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization, and Imaging, D. Cunningham and D. House, ed.., pp. 17-24, Annecy, France,  June. 2012, (Best paper award). (PDF)
P. Tresset, F. F. Leymarie
“Paul the Robot as a Naive Drawer”, Thinking through drawing: Practice into knowledge, A. Kantrowitz, A. Brew and M. Fava, ed., pp. 103-108, New York, NY, USA,  Oct. 2011.
P. Tresset, F. F. Leymarie and N. Khaorapapong:
“Skediomata: Guinea Pig and Performer”, Proceedings of ISEA 2011, Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 2011. (HTML)
P. Tresset and F. F. Leymarie
“AIKON: the Artistic/automatic IKONograph”, ACM SIGGRAPH 2006 Research posters, SIGGRAPH’06, Boston, MA, USA, 2006. (PDF)
P. Tresset and F. F. Leymarie
“Generative Portrait Sketching”,  Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM), H. Thwaites, ed., pp. 739-748, Ghent, Belgium, October 2005. (PDF)


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