Senseless Drawing Bot: the Robotic Artist

A brave new world for art and artists

poster for

"Utopia Announcement" Exhibition

at Akibatamabi 21
in the Chiyoda area
This event has ended - (2011-09-11 - 2011-10-10)

In Oddly Enough by William Andrews 2011-10-27

Japan is well known for leading the world in technology and of course robots are no exception. Int he future they are set to replace our reception staff, our manual workers, care workers…and even, perhaps, our artists?

'Senseless Drawing Bot' by So Kanno and Takahiro Yamaguchi

As part of the “Utopia Announcement” (Yutopia to shirase) exhibition that recently ran at Akibatamabi 21 in Chiyoda 3331 earlier this month, artists So Kanno and Takahiro Yamaguchi created this remarkable wall-painting robot.

Nay-sayers may just counter that the innovation is, in the words of its title, rather “senseless”. Well, the jury’s still out whether the ‘bot can create the new “Guernica”. You can see more photos of the robot on Flickr.

Earlier this year the artists also created this graffiti robot:

William Andrews

William Andrews. William Andrews came to Japan in 2004. He first lived in Osaka, where he was a translator for Kansai Art Beat. Arriving in Tokyo in 2008, he now works as an writer, editor and translator. He writes a blog about Japanese radicalism and counterculture ( and one about Tokyo contemporary theatre ( He is the author of Dissenting Japan: A History of Japanese Radicalism and Counterculture, from 1945 to Fukushima. » See other writings


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