Creative Robotics

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Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things and omnipresent automation give rise to fear on the part of many people that they’re replaceable by machines. But hasn’t humankind long dreamed of mechanical helpers that could act autonomously, understand us, and perform arduous tasks we gladly dispense with? Are robots taking over work for us, or are they taking it away from us? Or is it rather the case that they’re tools that enhance our capabilities and expand the horizon of our possibilities?

The Creative Robotics exhibition showcases industrial robots outside of their natural habitat—the factory floor—and deals with them as tools of creative expression. In cooperation with KUKA, Linz Art University’s Creative Robotics Lab, the Department of Robotics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, the Robotic Woodcraft research project carried out jointly by the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Association for Robots in Architecture, RWTH Aachen University’s Faculty of Architecture, and the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart, we consider new areas of deployment and fields of application of industrial robotic technology. Even the creative economy has been increasingly discovering the multifarious possibilities afforded by these innovations. Here, robotic arms aren’t being utilized in conventional fashion for mass fabrication but rather as catalysts for innovation in the visual arts, design and architecture.

The exhibition ends March 12, 2017




Fluxuri consists of a new surface material that’s thin and flexible and can be painted by merely touching it. Fluxuri can be painted manually or mechatronically. All it takes to do the former is to stroke the surface with your hands or fingers. For the latter, special plotters could be deployed, or robots could paint on the panels.

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Kinetic Weaving

Viktoria Falk and Lukas Mahlendorf’s luggage includes their own Traveling Pavilion. Based on their work, RWTH Aachen has developed an intelligent robotic aide in cooperation with KUKA. This assistant supports the fabrication of foldable construction elements.

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Robotic Woodcraft

The University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Association for Robots in Architecture and Lucy.D, a Vienna-based design studio, are jointly exploring ways to customize production processes.

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Tailored Structures

Inspired by production technologies in the fashion industry, Tailored Structures experiments with the development of a new fabrication method for wood constructions.

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Robot, Doing Nothing

The work entitled “Robot, Doing Nothing” accuses our modern society of being incessantly busy even beyond the confines of everyday life in the workplace.

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Self-Balancing Cube

This cube balancing independently on one corner is hard to destabilize due to its built-in gyroscope.

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