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A crowd gathers as jostling robots struggle their way through Peter O’Kennedy’s infinite loop, titledEscape.

Photography by Douglas Repetto

Re-Booting Art

A new art venue for the robotic age.

By Douglas Repetto

WHAT IS A ROBOT? WHAT IS ART?

Those aren’t easy questions to answer. Now try defining robotic art, or decide what exactly an art-making robot is.

In 2001, I was learning the difficulties of trying to show robotic work in traditional art venues. (It took decades for galleries and museums to embrace video art; robotic and kinetic works, with their sometimes-formidable technical and logistical complexities, have quite a way to go.) But ...

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