Brooklyn-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 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.
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