CNC Robotic Printer creates Portrait of Artist using his own Blood

CNC Robotic Printer creates Portrait of Artist using his own Blood

 Ghost In The MachineBrooklyn-based Ted Lawson has developed a robotic printer that uses human blood as ink. Any human blood would do but for his nude self-portrait, Lawson has used his own blood, hooking himself intravenously to the CNC machine head so that it can use his blood to create a picture.

the artist maintained his blood sugar during the process by drinking juice
the artist maintained his blood sugar during the process by drinking juice
waiting as the robotic blood printer draws his self-portrait
waiting as the robotic blood printer draws his self-portrait
lines drawn by the robotic arm
lines drawn by the robotic arm
the final work
the final work

The final image is a life-sized nude portrait of Lawson that is pre-programmed-meaning the robotic printer could be programmed to create any images in its dot-matrix style.

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The video above shows Lawson sipping energized drink to replenish his blood sugar as the printing seems to take quite a while.

“I’m generally not into doing selfies, particularly nude ones, but when I came up with the idea to connect my blood directly to the robot (CNC machine), it just made too much sense to not try one as a full nude self-portrait,” he told AP.

“In this series I’m really just trying to make a good drawing, which requires a lot of process and spontaneity to achieve. I do consider these works to be drawings and not prints, in that I allow the robot to make certain mistakes or leave in certain glitches on purpose.”

The CNC robotic artwork will be a part of Lawson’s solo exhibition “The Map is not the Territory” at the Joseph Gross Gallery in New York City from September 11 to October 4.

Via : designboom