New art exhibition in San Francisco brings art to life through technology – CBS San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – A new art exhibit in San Francisco pays homage to technology in ways you’ve probably never seen.
The Secret Lives of Machines can be discovered at “Renaissance 2.0,” now open at Modernism West, located inside the Foreign Cinema in the Mission district of San Francisco.
There is more than meets the eye once visitors place their phones on the web. Each robot portrait is enriched with an augmented reality application.
“The paintings are silent and still, and they don’t move, but the machines are all made of movement and produce sounds,” said artist Agnieszka Pilat. “So I thought augmented reality was the way to bring them to life, so that’s really important to me. “
Pilat, a Bay Area artist from Poland, is widely known as the first classically trained artist to use this type of technology to add a layer of movement to her work.
As an Artist in Residence at Boston Dynamics, she studied Spot the robotic dog’s movements and even taught him how to paint.
One of the paintings made by the famous robot will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York.
Pilat said she initially started painting portraits of Spot, but her 12-piece collection evolved as she hooked up to the machine.
“My dream is to have a day when people are not afraid of technology and use it for the good of humanity,” Pilat said.
Pilat also hopes to introduce the youngest of Silicon Valley to the typically older art world.
“I thought it was really interesting, and the applications for technology and art in the future are probably limitless,” said Michael Robbat from San Francisco, who visited the exhibit on Friday night.
Half of the ‘Renaissance 2.0’ collection has already been sold. You can see all the pieces until the end of October.
“Everything that matters in the world right now is happening in Silicon Valley and the same way the Renaissance happened, the changes will make the world a different place,” Pilat said. “There is no turning back.”