About the Bots
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What are the Bots?
ideas, dreams, and inspiration!
I wake up everyday thinking about how art can help and the Bots have been my vehicle for doing this in (hopefully) a delightful and surprising way.
I experiment with the Bots by making thousand painted small on the back of dominos, and a few painted giant on the sides of buildings.
Where the idea came from
the birth of the bots
Many have asked…so here’s how the process works, from blank domino-to-final Bot (p.s. read this, then steal all of the ideas and make your Bots!). The idea for the Bots came from a sketch I did in 2000 as a prompt in an On Your Feet journal (On Your Feet is a creative consultancy that I helped start in 1996 that uses improv theater to help businesses).
Instead of having the robots be something that you visualize we thought it would be cool to make them so you could carry them around in your pocket. so I made a test batch of 400 while on a family trip to Mexico and we gave Bots to clients and friends as our corporate gift in 2010.
Bots were wildly popular with our clients and I LOVED making them. In my “real” work I am up on my feet, moving, facilitating, acting, improvising. When I am making Bots I am quiet, still, listening, focused and improvising. It’s a ying/yang thing. Bot making has become a vital part of my day-to-day action
When I make the Bots I start out with a pristine, blank domino, add color (one color at a time), then white and then the final black outline.
When I paint, I listen to books on tape (recent titles include Game of Thrones first 5 books, Bossy Pants, IQ84, a lot of great and sort of good Sci-Fi) This American Life and Radio Lab.
I have no memory of any of the Bots that I paint.
Gary is the Co-founder of On Your Feet (www.oyf.com), a collision between business and the arts, and an early pioneer of bringing the skills and principles improvisers use on stage into offices, boardrooms, and conference halls across the globe.
For a quick hit on Gary take a look at his TEDX talk on the right
Bots bringing walls to life...
Questions For Humans
This is an interactive mural project designed to be a launch pad for Portland Oregon to share ideas, dreams, and inspiration is complete!
I love making art that is interactive, collaborative, and that helps in some way. These murals are an experiment in playing with these ideas. The project takes place on four different walls (each created with questions around a different theme) in SE Portland
Painting in Portland
The walls have a series of hand-painted Bot figures, each with a simple question embedded into its design. Viewers interact with the art by using photography and hash tags #botjoy and #botpdx to answer the Bot questions, creating an on-line, city-wide gallery of reflections, ideas, and beliefs.
La Tabacalaria - Madrid
There is a community cultural center and street art garden in Madrid where I was invited to add to the gallery by painting a mural.
La Tabacerla was a former tobacco factory that now is is a self-organized social center, a space for theatre, music, dance, painting, conferences, meetings, audiovisuals workshops, events, neighborhood actions
La Paz Children’s Hospital - Madrid
About 6 months ago I was contacted by a Spanish art/illustrator Maria Cuestra who was excited about making her own Bots and leaving them around Spain. I was thrilled.
These little dominos seem to help in strange and wonderful ways and I can’t make enough of them. But what was even more exciting was being invited by Maria to paint a special mural in Madrid at the La Paz Children’s Hospital as part an amazing genetics research project Mi Robot X
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
After 18 months of planning with the amazing staff at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Brave Bots have landed on the 10th floor outside of the Oncology Clinic.
We had a great “Bot Launch”, gave out small Brave Bots to kids and families and cut the ribbon on 3, 6ft Mural sized Bots, each ask a bravery question: