The Old Library, Chester
Saturday, August 31, 2019
12:00 PM
Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2EF
North West England
Chester Visual Arts

Light Seeking Stickbots Workshop
Sat 31 August | 12 – 4pm | £5 | BOOK TICKETS

Join the Owl Project for an afternoon of making analog crawling robots that respond to light and create drawings.

Inspired by William Grey Walter’s Mechanical Tortoises and Valentino Braitenberg’s Vehicles we will make simple moving bots that will roam the gallery floor.

Alongside constructing the robots we will be tracking the movement of these artificial life forms and make a series plotted drawings that you will be able to take home with you.

Children welcome with adult supervision.


Owl Project is an art collective formed by Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons. They work with wood and electronics to create music-making machines that fuse sound art with sculpture. Notable works include 2012 Cultural Olympiad commission ~Flow, a large-scale floating installation which sonified the flow and salinity of the River Tyne using a range of hand-crafted machines, and the iLog, commissioned by Crafts Council UK. They are based in Rogue studios, Manchester UK.

About the exhibition

Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers
Until Sun 8 September
The Old Library, Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2EF
Open Wed – Sun, 11am – 5pm. Free. Venue is fully accessible.

Since the 1960s, artists and programmers have used computers to create prints, drawings, paintings, photographs and digital artworks. Hosted by Chester Visual Arts, Chance and Control draws on the V&A’s rich international collection of computer-generated art and includes work by pioneering digital artists such as Frieder Nake and Georg Nees – who produced some of the earliest computer art – through to the younger generation of artists practicing today.

It offers viewers the rare opportunity to trace the chronological development of digital art, exploring how aspects of chance and control shaped the creative process and produced vivid and original artworks.

Created by the V&A – touring the nation.

Primary exhibition funder the Tyrer Charitable Trust.

Thanks to exhibition funders The Westminster Foundation, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Image courtesy of Ferymn Woods.