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Newreal Pathways is a dynamic multi-disciplinary installation where programming and painting collide. It involves an 8’ x 8’ ft ink drawing on foam board with a series of projected paintings and a line following robot.

The line following robot, built by designer and coder Daniel DeGagné, traces a path along the line drawing depicting a brain.  The projected paintings provide a landscape and become interwoven with the brain track.

Brought together by Curiosity Collider, Daniel and I were invited to create an installation to encourage an exchange between art and science. What emerged from our collaboration is a playful look at intelligence and our approaches to understanding and creating it.

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The bot chooses which path it will trace though the brain track based on information collected on its journey.

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The arteries and branchwork from my paintings interweave with the outline of the brain track.

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This is the first track I painted to test the line width and spacing as well as the diameter of the turns in the track.

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The brain track – painting in progress at the studio

And now that the specifications have all been confirmed, I am painting the final track at the studio.

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Painting the track in the studio – finding ways to make more space

Taking extra precautions with a double ink well

Taking extra precautions with a double ink well

The completed track before projections

The completed track before projections

Completed track with projection

Completed track with projection

SPARK! Opening Night - Newreal Pathways Track with crowd - photo by Theresa Liao and Char Hoyt

SPARK! Opening Night – Newreal Pathways – photo by Theresa Liao and Char Hoyt

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I have always easily seen the relationship between art and science, having a passion for both and being driven by curiosity. But I would never have anticipated working with a robot. The experience provided me with new ways of seeing how chance, choice and perception play a role in how we navigate our world. How did my paintings end up with a robot? Well, it was somewhat of a blind dateread here about how I got to know Jiggle Bot.

And here is Newreal Pathways in action

SPARK! Exhibition - Wayne Maddison and Dzee Louise talking about how fractals are createdin nature and in paintings - photo by Theresa Liao

SPARK! Exhibition – Wayne Maddison and I talking about how fractals are created in nature and in paintings – photo by Theresa Liao

Newreal Pathways: BrainBot CC DD: 1.50

Newreal Pathways is a dynamic multi-disciplinary installation where programming and painting collide. It involves an 8’ x 8’ ft ink drawing on foam board with a series of projected paintings and a line following robot. Brought together by Curiosity Collider, Daniel and I were invited to create an installation to encourage an exchange between art and science. What emerged from our collaboration is a playful look at intelligence and our approaches to understanding and creating it.

2 Responses to Newreal Pathways: BrainBot CC DD: 1.50

  1. Anita Ruest

    WOW. Your paintings are impressive as always and it is so neat to see to see the robot follow the lines. Great job both to you and Daniel. Hope the exhibit was very successful. Love you, Mom

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