Cadillac and Visionaire unveil ‘AUTOPORTRAIT’ exhibit featuring artist-robot ADA0002

Cadillac and Visionaire today unveiled the newest exhibit at Cadillac House, “AUTOPORTRAIT.” The exhibit features a welding robot, similar to the robots found on the assembly lines building Cadillac vehicles, coded to be a human-like artist. Any Cadillac House guest will be able to have their portrait sketched by robotic artist ADA0002.

Visionaire Autoportrait
Visionaire Autoportrait

NEW YORK — Cadillac and Visionaire today unveiled the newest exhibit at Cadillac House, “AUTOPORTRAIT.” The exhibit features a welding robot, similar to the robots found on the assembly lines building Cadillac vehicles, coded to be a human-like artist. Any Cadillac House guest will be able to have their portrait sketched by robotic artist ADA0002.

The robot — named after the self-described “poetical scientist, analyst and metaphysician” Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), considered to be the world’s first computer programmer — is a pioneer of the relatively new concept of robotic artistry. The exhibit blurs the line between human and machine intelligence and examines potential consequences for the field of art.

With “AUTOPORTRAIT,” Cadillac and Visionaire explore the metaphysical lines between art, artist, value and the digital dichotomy, while confronting notions of the intrinsic meanings that may lie behind artworks created by the hand of a robot.

As audiences arrive to examine ADA’s processes in the gallery space at Cadillac House, the Advanced Drawing Automaton (ADA) examines back, selecting viewers for whom it creates a portrait. Using image processing algorithms, ADA0002 stylistically synthesizes the image of its subject, transforming the viewer from a tangible being into processed computer data and back into a unique physical object. This artifact can be taken out of the gallery context and hung on the wall at the subject’s home.

Without the pressure to sell art, the gallery space at Cadillac House is able to provide a different perspective, challenging the conventional gallery experience by creating interactive installation-based art.

“AUTOPORTRAIT” will be live at Cadillac House, located at 330 Hudson Street in New York City, from Wednesday, Oct.12-Friday, Nov. 4. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends.

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Cadillac House is a meeting place where innovators, creators and the curious can find inspiration--and one another. Located in downtown New York City, Cadillac House represents the brand’s commitment to its new home, one of the most dynamic locales in the world. Open to the public, Cadillac House functions simultaneously as a gallery, retail space, café and exhibition area for the brand’s new vehicles - a venue with an ever-evolving Cadillac point of view on subjects beyond automotive design. Cadillac House has several partnerships including: New York-based coffeehouse Joe Coffee serving coffee and light fare, The Council of Fashion Designers of America maintaining a retail space dedicated to innovative design, and art and culture magazine Visionaire curating non-traditional, immersive and experiential works in the gallery area.

Visionaire creates, curates, and produces art multiples, events, public art installations, films, branded content, apparel, and publications. Visionaire focuses on the cross-pollination of art, fashion, film, and contemporary culture as a tool to communicate unique experiences to viewers and visitors, across multiple platforms, in physical spaces and digital. Later this month, Visionaire releases their 472-page Book published by Rizzoli documenting its 25-years of ground-breaking imagery.

Tellart is an award-winning international design firm that works at the intersection of the physical and digital, creating interactive objects, immersive spaces and digital experiences for brands, museums and multi-national companies. Over the sixteen years of the company’s history, it has been on the forefront of information and interaction design, creating interactive products and spaces that push technological boundaries to create incredible experiences. Tellart has been the recipient of numerous top international prizes including the SXSW Experimental, Cannes Lions, IxDA, Eurobest Grand Prix, Webby, Core77, and D&AD. This month, Tellart is being honored with the National Design Award in Interaction Design, awarded by the Smithsonian Institution. Tellart’s work is featured in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Tellart was founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 2000. Today, its offices are located in Providence; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Dubai, UAE.

ADA0002 represents the second generation of an open-source drawing robot. The first, Sketchbot, was created by Tellart in 2012 for Google and Science Museum London, and acquired by the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum for its permanent collection in 2014. ADA’s hardware is the ABB IRB1400, a 6-axis industrial robot, designed specifically for manufacturing industries that use flexible robot-based automation. Though primarily intended for welding, the robot has an open structure that is specially adapted for flexible use, making it an ideal platform for artwork creation. The source code for ADA and Sketchbot are freely available online at GitHub. We encourage the world to use this code to experiment and create new generations of robotic artists.

Providing software development on the ADA project, LeafLabs’ expertise is “moonshot computing.” The company was founded in 2009 on the premise that science not only happens in labs filled with shiny equipment, but also on cluttered workbenches in musty basements. Their headcount and project scope continues to grow, but they still go by the motto, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Unlike traditional R&D, Leaflabs is focused on applicants and are committed to developing technology that solves the toughest challenges. Their big-picture expertise in managing a globally distributed organization, combined with the flexibility and creativity of a small team, allows LeafLabs to bring together the ingenuity of research and the speed needed for industry. LeafLabs is continually growing as they take on new projects and enter new fields. Its engineers and scientists have brought expertise from top organizations such as Analog Devices, SpaceX, BBN, VMWare, and NASA.