Etro will collaborate with French artist Patrick Tresset with an exhibition of robotic installations, titled “Absent Minded”, during the London Frieze Art Fair.
The Etro boutique on Old Bond Street will host Tresset’s two performative installations which use robots as actors.
The robots, representing stylised minimal artists, are only capable of drawing obsessively. Their bodies are old school desks on which the drawing paper is pinned. A left arm, bolted on the table, a mechanised camera looks alternatively at the drawing in progress and at the subject.
In one of the installations, guests are invited to take part, acting as models during a 30 min performance. As a subject, they will be studied and sketched by the 3 robots.
In the other installation, a single robot will constantly draw elements of a still life.
The installations, together with a selection of Patrick Tresset’s work, will be exhibited in Etro’s London boutique from 4th October for two weeks.
Visit the Etro Boutique at 43 Old Bond Street, London
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