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Halle 14 Exhibit Featuring Artbots

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The Exhibit “An Das Gerät!” opened on May 1st at Halle 14 in Leipzig, Germany. Leipzig is a nice city south of Berlin. There you will find the The Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, a group of galleries constructed from a renovated cotton spinning mill. Halle 14 was among the biggest mills housing over 76,000 spindles and now it houses some of the worlds most innovative art.

May 1st was the time when all the galleries in the spinner unveiled their spring exhibits, with thousands of visitors scrutinizing the work in display. Halle 14 exhibited an international group show titled “An Das Gerät!” which translates in english to “To The Tool” which was an exhibit focusing on the new tools being used by artists around the world.

The spinning mill area is an amazing sight, the integration of modern culture with a nostalgic feel from the past that is being preserved in the architecture of the cotton spinning mill. In the distance I could read the words “An Das Gerät!” which made it clear where the group exhibit was being held.

The first thing you see when you step in the door is a spectacular library that is the home for over 30,000 art books acquired from various galleries, funds, libraries and artists looking to show their work. The Books are available for the public during regular gallery hours.

The exhibition area is a massive space in the ranks of MASSMoCA and attracted talent in the past such as The Yes Men, The Surveillance Camera Players and NYC artist Michael Rakowitz to name a few. Now is attracting artists like Stelarc, Halldor Úlfarsson, Morten Viskum and Oscar G. Torres (me).

There are two giant pis by artist Stelarc a giant gun by Barking Dogs United and a pin hole camera installation by Liisa Lounila among the twenty five artists being featured in the exhibit.

Its great to exhibit with people this talented, specially when you get to meet a few of them and share ideas and theories behind their art and art in general. I definitely got a lot out of the show. These videos give you a glimpse at the exhibit.

More, An Das Gerät! from Oscar G. Torres on Vimeo.

Exhibit at HALLE 14, An Das Gerät!

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

If you are in Leipzig, Germany between May 1st to July 25, 2010 then you should check out this group show (Where I’ll be showing some work) at Halle 14 in Leipzig.

The Exhibit opens on Saturday, May 1st, 2010 @ 11:00 am.

I will have four little artbots on display along side of other amazing work by international artists such as:


Jackoon at NYC Resistor Show

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

NYC Resistor is hosting “Art, Design, and the Arduino: a lineage” Curated by Alicia Gibb

March 27th, 2010 8-12pm

At NYC Resistor
87 3rd Avenue,
4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217

$10 Admission

In addition to artworks using the Arduino, the first prototype of the original Arduino from the collection of Massimo Banzi will be shown.

Works include a lineage of variations, modifications and relations to the Arduino microcontroller:
Hc Gilje
Aaron Koblin
Laura Greig
Hernando Barragán
Edith Kollath
Jan Borchers & René Bohne
Becky Stern
Oscar G. Torres & Jackoon
Raphael Abrams
Joe Saavedra

Curated by Alicia Gibb

RSVPs are appreciated:

More about the Artists:

Google Map of show location.

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Venue image:

Jackoon at the Gizmodo Gallery 2009:

Jackoon pair Painting at Gizmodo Gallery 2009 from Oscar G. Torres on Vimeo.

Jackoon Cameo on abc 7 News

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Jackoon the “Jackson Pollock” painting robot, got a good 20 milliseconds of air time on abc news, lol =)

More Jackoon Cameos on the Daily News and WSJ

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Jackoon has a short blurb on the Daily News as well:

Jackoon the painting robot

He also made a cameo appearance at the end of this video.
He actually hit the camera with his paint brush and fell to the side =)
oops sorry Daily News!


And this is an other Video from the Wall Street Journal:

Jackoon in the New York Times Website.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

its not a big article but its the New York Times. I’m the fourth slide on the slide show next to the MIDI Tesla Coil, The electric motorcycle, One of the original Bits by IBM, MakerBot, 3D etch-a-sketch, and the automated pancake machine among a few. =)


Jackoon Paints at Gizmodo Gallery 2009

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Jackoon and Jackoon v.2

Don’t worry you are not seeing double, Jackoon the painting robot has a new friend! Jackoon v.2 is an other hacked toy with a robotic arm made from Jackoon’s blue print. Jackoon v.2 made its debut at The Gizmodo Gallery exhibit and a fine job he did.

Art bots

The two artbots teamed up to make the paintings of a few subjects including one of the king of all robots R2D2!

R2D2 by Jackoon and Jackoon v2

The robots used this image as a reference and painted the composition with gray, orange, yellow and black.

2/3 of the way into the painting, I made an outline of where R2D2 was located on the painting. You can see the subtle contour of r2′s body on the robotic painting. I was really happy with the resulting painting.

r2d2 by Jackkon pair

Also at the gallery where my favorite, the Tesla Coil!

Gizmodo, Starwars-Imperial March by Arcattack from Oscar G. Torres on Vimeo.

Jackoon at Gizmodo Gallery Exhibit

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Jackoon-Art Robotica

Jackoon will be showing his painting skills at The Gizmodo Gallery Exhibit starting Tuesday (for Press) and Wednesday for the general public.

Gizmodo wrote an article about Art Robotica featuring Jackoon the painting robot. Jackoon is one of the first or many prototypes I made which managed to paint robot art by using a live video stram as reference or just a simple picture.

Gallery Hours and Special Events Open to the Public:

Wednesday, September 23 through Friday, September 25
12noon – 8pm
- Main Gallery
- Opening Day features Laser Etching (I think its around $20)

Friday, September 25
- Public Party, with prizes

Saturday, September 26
11am – 8pm
- Main Gallery

Saturday, September 26
9pm – Live DJ set by Music Director Jason Bentley, KCRW, 100% independently funded radio station

Sunday, September 27
11am – 6pm
- Main Gallery

Groupe Gallery
267 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012

Jackoon at Sony Wonder Tech. Lab

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

(above) Sony Wonder Technology Lab entrance.

I was invited to have an exhibit of Jackoon the painting robot at The Sony Wonder Lab in Midtown. The lab aims to educate kids about the world of technology and science.

So I was pretty exited to show the robot till I realized that Jackoon was broken. I turned Jackoon’s mobile unit (hacked bump and go car) to check its reaction time to computer commands and nothing was happening, just a cranking sound. The reason nothing was happening was that the wheels where stuck from all the paint I did not clean up last time it painted.

Solidified Paint:

I tried a couple of things to clean the wheels, but it was apparent that they would need to be replaced. First things first, find an other victim toy car to hack into, that will serve as Jackoon’s legs. The first place I went was Toys R Us since that’s where I found the bump and go car that made Jackoon’s previous mobile unit. As soon as I got to the toy store I found a similar car to hack.

Bump and Go toy:

Toy Guts:

The Swap:

Jackoon Back to normal:

After replacing Jackoon’s mobil unit, I took him to the Sony Wonder Tech. Lab and set up the project. It was a really cool space to show the project specially since there was a giant spiderman peeking into the window to see what was going on.

Spiderman in the back:

The kids (all one thousand of them) loved the robot and even managed to get paint on themselves (just a couple out of the bunch) and their teachers/camp counselors. Its a small price to pay for inspiration.

Kids and Jackoon:

More Art Robotica

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

These are some of the Paintings that I made with Jackoon at the ITP Spring 2009 show:

Reference image, wasp on a flower:


Collaborative Painting:

Reference image, rodent a skull of a species in the order Carnivora:

Jackoon Painting:

As you can see on the painting of the Skull, Jackoon managed o paint the general area where the skull should be. The brush strokes where not as precise as should be, because the lighting conditions where not optimal at the ITP show so the tracking system was a little off.

Someone at the ITP show told me something really inspiring; “This is the worst work that [Jackoon] and the other artbots will paint. They will only get better.” I agree, even now the paintings are amazing.

Link to pieces that where hanging at the show while Jackoon was making the art above.