A ro­bot art guide to draw them in

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

A SU­BI­ACO-based com­puter sys­tems engi­neer­ing com­pany has cre­ated the world’s first tai­lor-made ro­bot art guide for the Art Gallery of WA.

Ag­gie the ro­bot will be giv­ing guided tours at the gallery once a month and host­ing an art class for chil­dren, as part of the ‘gal­leries see­ing things dif­fer­ently’ cam­paign.

Smart­bots chief ex­ec­u­tive Ani­tra Robert­son said the com­pany pro­grammed Ag­gie’s per­son­al­ity, be­hav­iour and the knowl­edge needed to be a guide at the art gallery.

Ms Robert­son said the com­pany was ap­proached in Jan­uary to take part in a part­ner­ship on how new tech­nol­ogy could bring younger gen­er­a­tions into the gallery.

“It’s taken five months to make Ag­gie what she is to­day,” she said.

“We are ab­so­lutely thrilled to part­ner with AGWA and to help con­nect the beauty of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy with art.”

The pint-sized ro­bot comes in at 70cm tall and can dance, high five, wink and make eye con­tact with gallery vis­i­tors. Ag­gie will do guided tours with her han­dler and a real-life tour guide, who will ask ques­tions vis­i­tors may have.

Art Gallery of WA di­rec­tor Ste­fano Car­boni said Ag­gie was just one of the in­no­va­tive strate­gies to en­cour­age more peo­ple to visit the gallery.

Mr Car­boni said the part­ner­ship be­tween the gallery and Smart­bots was a match made in heaven.

“We’ve in­tro­duced a new space, new café, new logo and re­brand­ing, which we all hope will en­cour­age more peo­ple to the gallery, but Ag­gie has def­i­nitely stolen the thun­der,” he said.

“We need to be more cre­ative with the way we en­gage peo­ple and we hope us­ing tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion, we will ap­peal to a wider au­di­ence.”

Picture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d454783

Where art meets Ag­gie: The world’s first ro­bot art guide with Art Gallery of WA di­rec­tor Ste­fano Car­boni.

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