The robot mimics the artist's drawing gesture and vice
versa in real time, resulting in a synchronous,
This is the first stage of an
ongoing study examining
human and robotic
interaction as an artistic
Collaborators: Sougwen Chung & D.O.U.G._1 (Drawing Operations Unit: Generation_1).
Drawing Operations Unit: Generation 1 is the 1st stage of an ongoing study of human and robotic interaction as an artistic collaboration.
In Generation_1, the robotic arm mimics the artist’s gesture by seeing through an overhead camera, and analyzing the movement through computer vision software. The result is a synchronicity of movement between artist and machine, captured as a drawing artifact.
The following mimicry studies were drawn and performed at The National Art Center in Tokyo, Rebull Studios and the artists studio in New York in 2015 - 2016.
Drawing performances are 10 minutes in length. The collaboration is entirely improvised and showcases a process of human & robotic co-creation.
Exploration of creativity as a combination of learned / remembered gestures from drawing collaboratively and style analysis of artists of the past.
Continuing attemps to evolve D.O.U.G._1's drawing sensibility.
Gestures fromprevious drawings will becollected and saved, existing as a memory bank for D.O.U.G._1. Analysis of visual style of historic artists to translate into gesture, as well as colour palette as a collective memory bank from which robotic arm will be able to select.
The performance is a
process of slowing down,
paying attention, and
The robot mimics the artist like a partner in improvisational round singing performance. It is an AI that embraces every glitch, bug, and error. The drawing session, without pre-established harmony, frees itself from aesthetic constraints, while also examining the essence and phenomenon of beauty at the same time.
Sougwen Chung, Artist
In collaboration with
New Inc / New Museum
Redbull Studios New York
Slanted Studios, Square Fabrication,
Mr. doob, Phil Sierzega, TVRT
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Interview with Maddy Varner- New Hive
NEW INC Showcase: Sougwen Chung for Redbull Studios New York
works by sougwen
Assembly Lines (2022)a painting performance with a robotic swarm connected to the flow of a city
Mutations of Presence (2021)Exploring spectrality through sequencing bio-feedback to a machine
F.R.A.N. Flora Rearing Agricultural Network (2020)exploring machine and flora as part of a sympoietic, self-supporting networked system with human as gardener.
Ecologies Of Becoming WithProject type
Exquisite Corpus (2019)a performance installation exploring human, machine, and ecological bodies
Omnia per Omnia (2018)a painting performance with a robotic swarm connected to the flow of a city
Into The Light (2019)an audiovisual AR installation
Artefacts (2019)a human and machine collaborative drawing
Drawing Operations (2018)a human and machine collaborative duet
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Drawing Operations (2017)a human & machine drawing collaboration involving memory.
Drawing Operations (2015)a human & robot drawing collaboration involving mimicry
Chiaroscuro (2013)a spatial interplay of light and shadow as an immersive installation
Preparatory Gestures (2017)a series of sculpture studies in VR
Mycelia (2018)a series of sculptures inspired by bio-inspired cognition
Ecdysis (2013)a study in performative architecture
High Tide (Étude Op. 2, No. 4)a painting exploring the dynamics of change
The Limitless, The Absolute (2017)a painting inspired by the 八卦 Trigrams of the IChing
Cardia (2012)a short film depicting a transgression from interior to exterior
Apolysis (2014)a short film in collaboration with Clint Mansell
Untitled (Étude Op. 1, No. 1-4)a series of drawings exploring synesthesia
Chiaro Oscuro Prototypesa series of form studies with paper
Topographies (2015)a series of paintings inspired by nature and flow states
Dénouement (Recurrent fevers of unknown origin)