Robot Poetics: Exploring Drawing with Robots

Robot Poetics: Exploring Drawing with Robots

Lunchtime Talks at the Pervasive Media Studio


Please note: This event took place in June 2018

Lunchtime Talks are a series of informal presentations at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio. They normally take place at 13:00 on a Friday, are free and are open to everybody who is interested in what they do. Come along, bring a sandwich, and get to know more about the Studio community, current and up-coming projects, or residents' work.

In this Lunchtime Talk creative technologist Paul O’Dowd joins us to discuss and demonstrate his latest robot, which he has built from scratch - the concept, mechanisms, electronics, and software - in order to question the human practise of drawing and artworks.

Paul will give us an overview of the development of his creative practice with robots, demonstrating his latest incarnation, the drawing robot. He is interested in the way drawing appears to come so naturally to human’s, whilst robots that draw uncover complex questions about what we know and how we know it. Paul is not trying to recreate ‘human drawing’, rather he is trying to find something uniquely robotic. In doing so, he hopes to better establish the new idea of robot poetics.

The Pervasive Media Studio is located within the Watershed building. Let us know if you'd like a tour and we'll be happy to show you around. Send an email to