Patrick Tresset

Robotic and computational artist

Patrick Tresset is a London based artist who develops and presents theatrical installations with robotic agents as actors. Tresset crafts the computational systems driving the robots so that their behaviour can be perceived as artistic, expressive and obsessive. These systems are influenced by research into human behavior, more specifically how humans make marks, how humans depict other humans, how humans perceive artworks and how humans relate to robots. Tresset also develops robots and autonomous computational systems to explore further his exploration of the drawing and painting practice.

Tresset’s work has been exhibited in association with major museums and institutions such as The Pompidou Center, Museum of Israel, Le Grand Palais, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), MMCA (Seoul), BOZAR (Brussels), Prada Foundation (Milan), Science Gallery (Dublin), WEF (Davos) and at events such as Ars Electronica, Update_5, Merge festival, BIAN.

Tresset hold an MSc and an MPhil in arts and computational technologies from Goldsmiths(University of London), where from 2009 until 2012, he co-directed the AIkon-II project. He also developed and taught a creative robotics module at there. He is also an occasional visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art. In 2013 Patrick was a Senior Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz working with Prof. Deussen working on the e-David project. Tresset has published research papers in the fields of computational aesthetics, social robotics, drawing research and AI. In 2017 the world economic forum nominated him a cultural leader.