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Quayola: Industrial Robots and Algorithmic Creativity

Italian artist Davide Quayola, based in London, creates animated hybrid spaces using painting, sculpture, and architecture. His on-location work includes Vatican, Notre Dame in Paris and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Lille, Europe’s most renowned art institutions and churches. For his collaboration with the artist Memo Akten on the piece Forms, he received the prestigious Golden Nica award at the Prix Ars Electronica 2013.

Quayola turned robotic sculpting into a sort of performance art in his “Sculpture Factory,” which is a part of Ars Electronica’s HUMAN FACTOR: Endless Prototyping. During the course of eight weeks, a robotic milling machine took the role of an apprentice, producing a continuous stream of unfinished pieces that are inspired by Michelangelo’s non-finito sculptures.

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Quayola’s creative approach is greatly influenced by the connection between art and process. The sculptures created by the commercial machines in Sculpture Factory are one example of how the idea of “algorithmic creativity” might be described.

His works has been presented in a number of prestigious venues around the world, including Ars Electronica, Linz;
V&A Museum, London; Park Avenue Armory, New York; National Art Center, Tokyo; UCCA, Beijing; How Art Museum, Shanghai; SeMA, Seoul; Sonar Festival, Barcelona; Palais de Tokyo, Paris.



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