• AATB Portrait at Atelier Luma Arles 2018
  • Grève Gènerale workshop, ECAL, 2018
  • The Center for Counter-Productive Robotics workshop, ECAL, 2018

AATB

Non-Industrial Robotics

Robotics are at a threshold where they can conceivably
be used by non-expert outside of factories.

PS Tell me about AATB’s inception and goals.

AATB For years we experimented with interactive and kinetic projects and got used to having to develop and build cus- tom machines or sort-of robots, used in projects involving motors, sensors or electronics. In 2017 Thibault attended a symposium on robotics in art and design education. It became obvious to us that industrial robotics was the field we wanted to explore, as it’s been quite out of reach for artists and designers. Robotics are at a threshold where they can conceivably be used by non-experts outside of factories. With solely our technical expertise we could form a research practice.
We decided to position the studio as an experiment and see if independent artists and designers like us would be able to contribute to the field. We try to apply industrial robotics and automation systems in contexts that are not thought of primarily and question their use and applications in common situations and objects. The motto of the studio is “Practice for Non-Industrial Robotics”.

PS What tools do you utilize?

AATB We have two industrial robotic arms: an ABB and a Universal Robot, and we work with a Kuka robot. It’s interesting to learn how all the different manufacturers work, but can sometimes be cumbersome when we want to move a project from one robot to another. We often produce precision metal parts for projects so we’re well equipped with some nice, old Swiss machines. We have a CNC mill, some TIG and MIG welding equipment, a full electronics lab for prototyping, a 3D printer and all the usual hand and power tools. For us it is important to be able to prototype as much as possible in-house as it allows us to be very reactive and iterate quickly on projects.

 

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