Camera-equipped robots to roam the Tate Britain in new 'After Dark' project

"After Dark" robot with Jacob Epstein's "The Visitation" (1926) (Alexey Moskvin c 2014)

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A group of robots controlled by the public will be roaming London's Tate Britain gallery this week after winning the inaugural IK Prize for digital creativity.

"After Dark" allows people all over the world to view Tate Britain's galleries online at night through four camera-equipped robots roaming the gallery spaces, connecting audiences with art.

Created by design studio The Workers, the work is designed to recreate the feeling of being alone in the gallery at night using digital technology.

From August 13 the project will go live online for five consecutive nights, with a number of visitors able to remotely control the robots' movements.

The robots have been created in collaboration with RAL Space, a world-leading center for the research and development of space exploration technologies.

Former commander of the International Space Station Colonel Chris Hadfield has now become the first person to navigate the robots from his home in Toronto.

Members of the public will be able to log onto afterdark.tate.org.uk on August 13, 14, 16 and 17 from 10pm under 3am BST. On August 15, there is an evening for children to operate the robots at a slightly earlier time of 7:30pm until 12:30am BST.


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