Sunday, July 3, 2016

Week 2: Robotics + Art

The popular Disney film, Wall-E, best exemplifies the blend between the combination of industrialization, robotics and art. To summarize, the movie portrays what a post-apocalyptic Earth would look like by stressing the affects of long-term industrialization. Additionally, the film also touches on a general consensus of human reaction on artificial intelligence.  Essentially, there are two perspectives on industrialization in the film. The first being that super intelligence can be something extremely beneficial; however if they become too advanced, they may think that they will no longer need humans. The other perspective is perfectly illustrated through the image below of how industrialization can potentially be the downfall of the human race and planet Earth.

Result of Industrialization on the Planet Earth

Despite the negative perspectives on industrialization, the human race would not be able to be so advanced technologically without it. One of the characters, Eva, is the perfect manifestation of how industrialization plays a significant role in the creation of art. Her art form is very much similar to the works of Steve Jobs in that they both are simple and beautiful in design yet complicated in their technological capabilities. As a matter of fact, one of Apple’s lead designer was referred to Pixar in order to help design Eva according to Alex Billington. Point of the matter, the design of Eva could not have been possible without the technological descendent, industrialization.
Eva, one of the main characters in Wall-E

In addition, a topic that intrigued me from this week’s readings is the impact of science on art reproduction. Within the past few years, the 3D printer has become more advanced as the years go by. The capabilities of a 3D printer to replicate are simply amazing in how precise the artwork it creates compares to that of the original. Despite the fact that replicated art lacks elements of both “presence in time and space,” it is still incredible how technology can imitate artwork so effortlessly. With that said, this is a testament to how much technology and robotics are becoming more and more of a contributor to art.
3D Printer


Benjamin, Walter. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. London: Penguin, 2008. Print.

Billington, Alex. "Apple's Designer Actually Helped Design Wall-E's Eve Robot." First Showing LLC, 18 May 2008. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. <>.

Davis, Douglas. “The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction (an Evolving Thesis: 1991-1995)”. Leonardo 28.5 (1995): 381–386. Web…

Lewis, Tanya. “Stroke of Genius: Artist Dazzles with 3D- Printed Paintings.” LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 5 July 2013. Web. 03. July 2016.

Lim, Angelica. “What Roboticists Can Learn From Art, and What Artists Can Learn from Robots.” IEEE Spectrum: Technology, Engineering, and Science News. N.p., 02 May 2013. Web. 03 July 2016.


“3D Printing – News & Rumors | Extreme Tech.” Extreme Tech. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 July 2016.

Striga, Danijel. “14 Best Post-Apocalyptic Movies Of All Time.” Screen Rant. N.p., 02 Apr. 2016. Web. 03 July 2016.

“Wall E.” Disney. N.p., 27 June 2008. Web. 3 July 2016.

1 comment:

  1. I am glad someone mentioned Wall-E, which is one of my all time favorites. I agree with your point that robotics inspires art and art helps create robotic figures. It is also really cool to learn that Apple's designer actually helped design Eva. It is definitely true that people still hold some degree of fear against industrialization and artificial intelligence. It is obvious from the portrayal of robots in recent films like RoboCop. It seems like no matter how much industrialization has advanced, we always need a human touch in our creations.