I am fascinated with the depiction of some aspects of human experience, which I believe have remained essentially unchanged since prehistoric times. In my work, I explore this theme using technology, a tool for achieving distance, control, and spontaneity. My passion for robotics and performative installations allows me to delve into micro-recurring storytelling and mise-en-scène, procuring a spectacle that resonates with audiences' memories and experiences. - Patrick Tresset, 2023
Tresset’s exhibition includes a combination of performative installations with a robot trio drawing a sitter, and another where a single machine continuously draws a still life of the vanitas theme, a video triptych, revisiting the Memento Mori subject, and a series of monochrome machine-assisted paintings depicting humans.
It raises the question of people's perception when looking at machines that display human behavior and mark their presence through the traces left on paper. The complexity of this dualism can be seen in the reciprocity that takes place theatrically between robots and humans: the robots taking the place of an actor and the sitter of a subject. The artist creates robots that, through a form of mimesis, reveal human-like behavior and physical characteristics.
It's not about the technology or science - it's about the art, the scientific approach in his art, the artistic process, and a kind of dance between generative art and interaction with people. Thus, a combination of different principles that have created new artistic results. The result is an impressive theatrical robotic installation that combines art, science, and technology.