Patrick Tresset

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Paul drawing Anna, WANTED exhibition @ Koleksiyon, 2014


Patrick Tresset is a French artist and scientist living in London. Tresset’s studies of artistic activity and the relationships we have with machines, especially with robots, are part of a project hosted by the computing department at Goldsmiths College. As part of his artistic practice, Tresset uses what he calls “clumsy robotics” to create autonomous entities, cybernetic representations of the artist, primarily his creation ‘Paul’. Since 2009, ‘Paul’ and his predecessors have been extensively exhibited around the world. To date, ‘Paul’ has drawn well over 2000 portraits, sold more than 400. A portrait by ‘Paul’ is in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collections in London.


Patrick graduated Master of Sciences in Arts Computing and PhD in Art and Computational Technologies, both at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He co-directed the AIkon-II project with Prof. Frederic Fol Leymarie, and is currently a Senior fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz in Germany and a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths College. Patrick’s work has been internationally exhibited in solo and group shows including; Pompidou Centre, Paris, Istanbul Biennial, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum and Columbia University in the USA.