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.
The bot chooses which path it will trace though the brain track based on information collected on its journey.
The arteries and branchwork from my paintings interweave with the outline of the brain track.
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.
And now that the specifications have all been confirmed, I am painting the final track at the studio.
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 date…read here about how I got to know Jiggle Bot.