Meet Mr. Head, The Hacked Roomba that Makes Art

There's a new artist in Japan who's causing a stir. His name is Mr. Head and he's a robot. A Roomba to be exact. Mr. Head is the creation of computer engineer HYdeJII, who hacked his computerized vacuum into an art-making machine in October 2014.

"His robot features allow him to paint with a unique and mechanical, geometric touch," Mr. Head's artist statement explains, "'What is a robot's identity, what is its sense of beauty?' He searches for an answer to these questions through his artwork." 

"Spring Worm Hole," photo by ATOM

"Spring Worm Hole," photo by ATOM

Mr. Head's style is akin to Jackson Pollock, creating color splatters of that he dispenses from four PET bottled filled with paint, as he glides around the surface of the canvas. 

"Spring Starburst," photo by ATOM

"Spring Starburst," photo by ATOM

Detail of "Spring Starburst," photo by ATOM

Detail of "Spring Starburst," photo by ATOM

Surprisingly, Mr. Head is not the most prolific artist around. He's only created two paintings so far, "Spring Worm Hole," which was painted in 2014, and "Spring Starburst." 

HYdeJII is currently looking for galleries to showcase Mr. Head's art, as well as patrons and donors to help fund more work, so if you like what you see and want to support this robot artist, email hydejii at gmail dot com or contact him on Twitter

Via: Spoon + Tamago, Tails of Head