Robots don’t exactly bring spontaneity and individualism to mind, but Damien’s robots have been programmed to place a “strong emphasis on accident and chance.” Damien sees randomness as a key part of creativity. His robots may be fed images, but how exactly they draw them is always unique.
“I build machines from the ground up, by hand, which enables me to have control over all stages of the process," says Damien. "As I have no training in mechanical engineering whatsoever, I had to research extensively the parts I would need to do what I wanted.”
Damien is yet another 3D printing convert, which he found useful to build individual parts.
It is not surprising that, as an artist, Damien didn’t forget looks when crafting his machine. He found creating vertical and horizontal movements “gives a much nicer aesthetic where the motors are fixed on the main frame.
“It is important for the machine to reveal to the viewer the way it works, leaving the processes apparent as much as possible”
“The machines have strong performative aspect and can easily captivate an audience. Currently, creative professionals use the machines for their specific aesthetic.
“I am always interested to work with other artists on interesting projects, such as my collaboration with James/Bulley to generate a music score in real-time at the Southbank Centre last summer.”
“I am also working on bigger versions of the machines to create large scale murals and I am intending to use the machine in a more traditional etching process, while also researching various medium which the machines could be used to draw on such as textiles, wood, metal, glass or even stone.
“Ultimately, I would like to use my machines to paint.”