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      Robotic Etching: The creation of digital etching using robotics

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      Proceedings of EVA London 2019 (EVA 2019)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      8 - 11 July 2019

      Etching, Robotics, Digital, Technology, Printmaking, Drawing, Letterpress

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          This paper looks at the potentials afforded by robots when applied to traditional printing techniques such as etching. Through experiments using an adapted drawing robot, this study explores the possibilities of creating works where a traditional etching needle is placed into a robot, opening up a new field of digitally enabled etching. This work is conducted through a case study with the artist and printmaker Ian Chamberlain.

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          MEART: The Semi-Living Artist

          Here, we and others describe an unusual neurorobotic project, a merging of art and science called MEART, the semi-living artist. We built a pneumatically actuated robotic arm to create drawings, as controlled by a living network of neurons from rat cortex grown on a multi-electrode array (MEA). Such embodied cultured networks formed a real-time closed-loop system which could now behave and receive electrical stimulation as feedback on its behavior. We used MEART and simulated embodiments, or animats, to study the network mechanisms that produce adaptive, goal-directed behavior. This approach to neural interfacing will help instruct the design of other hybrid neural-robotic systems we call hybrots. The interfacing technologies and algorithms developed have potential applications in responsive deep brain stimulation systems and for motor prosthetics using sensory components. In a broader context, MEART educates the public about neuroscience, neural interfaces, and robotics. It has paved the way for critical discussions on the future of bio-art and of biotechnology.

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            July 2019
            July 2019
            : 97-102
            Centre for Fine Print

            Research, University of

            the West of England,

            Bristol, BS3 2JT, UK
            Faculty of Engineering,

            University of Bristol

            Bristol, BS81UB, UK
            © Winslow et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2019, UK

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            Proceedings of EVA London 2019
            EVA 2019
            London, UK
            8 - 11 July 2019
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Electronic Workshops in Computing


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