MACHINE STUDIES

 

MACHINE STUDIES  24 MAY - 4 JUNE 2017
Commissioned by MERGE

 

Platform Southwark

1 Joan Street  -  London SE1 8BS

 

Observe a classroom of 20 robot pupils learning, each displaying traits affecting their behaviour; shyness, nerdiness, boredom, and distracted by the activity of the public in the room.

The theatrical classroom is inspired by Tresset’s childhood memories and a fictional nostalgia of 1970s French primary schools, using robots as minimal actors.

In another room, in a scene reminiscent of a life drawing class, you can take the sitter’s role to be sketched by robots now observing you. The three robots (Human Study #1, 3RNP) sketch your portrait obsessively, the human subject at the mercy of the robot’s scrutiny. The drawing sessions last 30 – 40 minutes. The drawings will be included in the ‘Collection’ – a series that is composed of over 12,000 drawings of participants, progressively covering the gallery walls. Sitters will also be able to purchase their drawings.