Robot abstractionist hArt or an attempt to create a “visual music” experience

Robot abstractionist hArt or an attempt to create a “visual music” experience

The desire to convey synthesis – the emergence of multiple senses at the same time – is quite common among people practicing arts. Hardly any of us has ever seen at least one show when a musician improvises on the piano while a painter standing next to him sketches his music. Or the dancer creates a dance. Or (who is crushed here?) The dancer dances while the artist draws.

A logical step in advancing technology – to include a robot in a show – can raise many intimidating questions about the use of culture or a lack of artist-genius, but for now, let’s leave them to the future and just get to know hArt, a robot tends to change colors, ie draws an abstract picture that conveys the moment of the work.

The robot moves based on the information sent by the sensors about the melody played on the keyboard and about the environment (heat, humidity, motion, brightness). The result is a little different from most digital design work, where minimalism and abstraction have become the norm.

So while the robot is not yet sharing its answers, one of its creators, economist and practicing pianist Gianmarco Merlini, who is currently working intensively on hArt presentation at Maker Faire Rome, October 12-14

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