Robots to view Tate Britain’s art in the dark

Robots will wander the darkened halls of Tate Britain, looking at art for remote viewers, after the idea’s creators won the inaugural IK Prize.

Robots to view Tate Britain's art in the dark

The contest asked entrants to come up with digital engagement ideas for the gallery, with a top prize of £10,000 plus £60,000 to bring their creation to life.

The winners – Tommaso Lanza, Ross Cairns and David Di Duca – came up with “After Dark”, which lets people steer robots through the gallery after it closes.

The robots will be controlled via a website, which will stream what they see live.

“Combining behind-the-scenes intrigue with a sense of exploration, the project will give people all over the world a unique experience of 500 years of British art,” Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, one of the contest’s judges, told the BBC.

The robots are expected to be in use at Tate Britain by the end of the summer.

Other shortlisted projects included a Minecraft world that “takes the player on a journey of discovery through British art”, an interactive web “experience” that views art through the eyes of a child, and a way of sharing alternative stories about art works online.

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