"On September, 6 the exhibition “Evolution 2.1” by a famous Russian artist, the Kandinsky Prize nominee Misha Most, was opened at cultural center “Winzavod” in Moscow. The central part of the exhibition is a huge panel made by a drone only.
The idea of this challenging art project is to show the scope of the cooperation that a human artist and a robot (drone) can handle. That helps to realize what role the robots may actually perform in art process and to mark the waterline dividing the human artist and a robot assistant. And of course, to check if this line is moving and if the assistant can turn to an artist.
The technological producer and partner of “Evolution 2.1” is Interactive Lab — the Moscow-based team focused on various tech and creative VR\AR decisions, games and event-marketing pioneer technologies.
“Misha Most called me in April and told about his stunning idea to make a drone draw by his sketches. I liked it, for it is a technical challenge, which always inspires me a lot. And there was one more ground to get into — nobody has ever experienced that,” Maxim Kozlov, Interactive Lab CEO told
Interactive Lab invited Tsuru Robotics to join the team — this group of engineers construct and customize drones and other robots for various unordinary tasks.
“We investigated all the drone-in-graffiti cases, and found out that nobody has ever experienced the cooperation of this sort. So we were to start from scratch. To get the point, just imagine the difference between building an easy watch mechanism by hand and creating the precise Swiss watch mechanism when any small blunder in the drone movement can spoil the whole panel. So we had to make the system as precise, smooth and reliable as it is needed to make a piece of art. I shall mention here, that each of two cans that our drone can carry, has its own actuator – the pressing system, so the drone can draw two lines of different thickness and color per one flight,” Nikita Rodchenko, Tsuru Robotics CTO said.
Misha Most made vector sketches which were converted to translate lines to a bunch of points. The server sent the location data to the drone and that’s how the algorithm of the drone moving was set
“The very first drawing by the drone was a sort of… let’s say far from what we needed. We taught the robot drawing techniques and tested the results for months. To make the drone able to automatically draw, we created the tracking system and the software sending location data and telling the robot when it is necessary to push the spray cap and when it just has to fly to the next element. We also set up the drawing speed and the distance the drone should keep from the wall — that influenced the thickness of the lines,” Maxim Kozlov explained.
The space of the “Evolution 2.1” is designed to show the experimental laboratory of the future. And the process of drone “teaching-to-draw” was documented in visuals of different sort and was also included into the exhibition.
“Evolution 2.1” is a part of the parallel programme of the 7th Moscow International Biennale Of Contemporary Art. The exhibition finished its work on the 8th of October.
Misha Most is one of the first street-artists in Russia, who started his art practice in 1997. His works were exhibited in Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland. In 2016 Misha Most created one of his biggest abroad works in Bronx (New York) — the painting area has 300 square metres. In 2017 Misha Most marked new record which was not personal, but worldwide — he painted 10 000 square metre mural which covered the facade of the industrial complex in Vyksa (Russian Federation). By this very time it is the largest mural by one artist in the world.
This is a first ever project with the fully controlled drone-painter assisting the artist in his needs."