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Robots to roam Tate Britain at night

February 7, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Mark Brown / The Guardian

It is an enticing proposition: the chance to be all on your own in a gallery or museum in the middle of the night. Tate Britain may not allow that but it hopes for the next best thing.

The winners of a new digital arts prize were named on Thursday as three artists who want to put after-dark robots into the gallery. The robots would be controlled by users from the comfort of their homes, with people able to steer them where they want, and zoom in on what they want, when they want.

The new award is called the IK Prize, in memory of the philanthropist Irene Kreitman who volunteered at the gallery and helped fund it for more than 25 years. It will be awarded annually to original ideas using digital technology to help connect the Tate collection to a wider audience.

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