At the Olympics, a Robotic Installation That Traces Athletic Movements

Analyzing video footage from different Olympic sports, four robotic arms programmed by Jason Bruges rake athletic movements into a gravel canvas in the style of a Japanese Zen garden.

Photography by James Medcraft

Here, we ask an artist to frame the essential details behind one of their latest works.

Bio: Jason Bruges, 48, London (@jasonbrugesstudio)

Title of work: The Constant Gardeners

Where to see it: Fountain Square (Ueno Park, Tokyo) until September 5.

Three words to describe it: Meditation, reflection, technology.

What was on your mind at the time: Robotics applied to urban environments. Human movement, space syntax, technology transfer, the training of athletes, the meditative movement of the monks.

Photography by James Medcraft

An interesting feature that’s not immediately noticeable: The sounds of the robotic choreography scraping through the gravel on the bed.

How it reflects your practice as a whole: Spatial media work using real-time data. Visualizing the invisible.

One song that captures its essence: Perpetual Motion by Max Cooper.

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