Drawing With a Robot

Hand forged and welded steel parts used in a performative collaboration with kuka the robot

As part of a collaboration with PHD student Sam Wilcock from Leeds university, I made a series of sculptural arms to attach to their robot Kuka. Sam wrote a program which allowed the robot to draw on a series of prints I made depicting the outline of ox hide ingots.

This ancient ingots design is taken , as the name suggests from the shape a ox hide. This cleverly engineered shape allowed ease off carrying as it provided handles for man to lift it with, and also for it to be strapped on to an ox’s back for transportation. They were a way of storing copper prior to casting it in to functional, or sculptural, objects.

Im interested in the point in which this incredible ancient design meets , our current day cutting technology and how the two can be viewed side by side.