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July 7, 2015 AT 1:00 pm

Japanese engineer turns a Roomba into an artist #ArtTuesday

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Via Spoon & Tamago.

His name is Mr. Head. He used to be a janitor but last year he made a radical career shift. Now he’s an impressive, sought-after painter who creates abstract splatter paintings in the vein of Jackson Pollock. He tirelessly works day and night without break to create his vibrant works. Unfortunately for Mr. Head, however, he lacks the skills to explain, promote and sell his work. You see, he’s a robot.

Luckily for Mr. Head – in Japanese his name is fine but in English it unfortunately carries some sexual connotations – he has his creator to help in in the sales and promotions department. The Japanese engineer, who goes by the name HYdeJII, hijacked his Roomba cleaning robot last year and turned it into a painting robot.

“What is the aesthetic identity of a robot?” asks HYdeJII. To pursuit an answer he attached 4 different PET bottles filled with paint and connected them with tubes. He then programmed Mr. Head to move around a canvas and dribble paint.

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