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When Night Comes, Tate Britain's Robots Will Tour

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
3/24/2014 6:05:08 PM
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Smaller more focused learning
Alan, I hope this project becomes a great success. It seems to be a transferable learning tool. Participants could study delicate and far away objects without touching things. Yet they can examine it from different angles. Maybe the robot could have a magnifying lens which will show the brush strokes.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
3/13/2014 6:52:21 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Robots running the show
Hi Toby,

Good point. I read Burning Chrome and saw "Strange Days." Many people will want such experiences, which is why I wrote that I'd like to see the Tate Britain's type of robots tested in other museums around the world. Perhaps it will at least spark other UK museums to try out the concept.

And the Tate's robots will be simplistic compared to science fiction type of scenarios. We've hardly begun to crawl to experience remote viewing and participation in all types of situations.

Toby
Toby  
3/12/2014 5:49:54 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Robots running the show
There i a whole market for vicarious alternate reality experiences like this. there have been many movies made that illustrate some alternative examples, like Strange Days with ralph Feinnes or even the William Gibson novel Burning Chrome. Lots of possibilties there.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
3/6/2014 4:29:51 PM
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Re: Great Idea
Hi Amy,

Yes, the Internet provides a wonderful way to look at museums. In some ways, it can provide much more information and perspective through detailed discussions, videos, close-ups, etc. However, as you write, it's still not comparable to seeing how an artist used brushstrokes.

You don't have to be too jealous of Britishers. After all, Americans and others should be able to tag along online or even control the robots. At least I assume that will be the case. But it's not like being there in person and accompanying the robots. It will be interesting to see if the Tate has learned much from how people use the robots and, perhaps, how the robots could be improved.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
3/6/2014 4:20:14 PM
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Re: Great Idea
Hi Davedgreat2000,

I've looked at a fair number of museum Web sites and some of them are pretty good. It's not like being there, but it's useful and you certainly can cover a lot of "ground" by viewing the exhibits online. Some of the museums also have apps for viewing their sites and also providing special information.

The Tate project, however, is designed to give viewers a new perspective on looking at the exhibits through a robot's eyes. It could be interesting and I'll certainly take a look when it's available.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
3/6/2014 3:21:27 PM
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Re: Great Idea
This is a total lark - and I love it!

As a former staffer at the Smithsonian, I remember well many, many discussions about how to make the objects on the Mall (which is where most, but not all, of them are) how to push out access to those not in DC. The Web changed the equation permanently, of course - but so do traveling exhibits and the many relationships the Institution cultivates with its affiliate museums around the world. 

It is one thing to Google an image "Metamorphosis of Narcissus" by Dali; it is another thing to look on the original and see the way the brush moved across the canvas. 

I am so jealous of the Tate people who get to follow along at night as the robots are getting started and see what they are asked to view, how long they linger, etc.  Super cool concept. 

<books ticket to London>

<cancels it because now have TateBots!>

 

 

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
3/6/2014 9:23:49 AM
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Re: Great Idea
You know I've seen a Museum (I dont remember which) that had a virtural tour of its exhibits. It was all done online and it was free. You could click on a painting and it would tell you all about the painting from artist to colors used to oil or water colors and when and where it was painted. It wasnt like being there in person but it was a good way to view the art work and what not. Oh and it was free and no robots needed.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
3/5/2014 4:10:09 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Robots running the show
Hi kq4ym (Don),

I wouldn't consider the robots as art, but as a different way to view the art, which is worthwhile. As I wrote, a few museums are using robots for touring, such as the National Museum of Australia.

The Tate considered several other projects, to which I linked in the third paragraph.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
3/5/2014 4:05:01 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: how about music...
Hi Susan,

That's an interesting idea to hear music as the robot comes close to each work of art. I diybt that will occur, but it's an interesting thought. I guess viewers will have to play their own music. Perhaps the Tate could list appropriate musical selections. There will be some sort of information provided on the Web as the robots tour the museum.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
3/5/2014 4:02:33 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Great Idea
Hi Davedgreat2000,

I think it's a good idea, too, especially for people who can't visit museums for such reasons as the distance, cost, health, etc.

I believe there will be people from the museum to oversee the robots at night to ensure nothing untoward occurs, but the details are still being worked out. I don't know specific monetary disbursements, except for the two numbers I listed for the prize itself and the project. The robots are being constructed and they will be relatively simple. There will be no cost for users to view or control the robots.

The Tate and The Workers are concerned about security. I asked about that, and was told by Tommaso Lanza that efforts are underway to ensure security, although I don't know any details.

I think anyone with a computer will be able to view the robots. Again, the specifics are still being developed. The project won't be launched until this summer, possibly in August.

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