THE ENGINEER AND THE ARTIST

May 2, 2004 § Leave a comment

Raffaello D’Andrea holds the distinction of being the only engineer to have a work of art in the National Gallery of Canada. The piece, known simply as ‘The Table,’ is a collaboration of D’Andrea, a control systems engineer at Cornell, with Canadian artist Max Dean. Their artwork responds to the presence of the viewer by trying to establish a relationship with the human observer.

D’Andrea and Dean will discuss this work and their collaborative process — the meeting of art and technology, their differences in approach and the striking similarities in their working methods, goals and motivations. They will also describe past independent work — D’Andrea is the coach/trainer of the champion (Cornell of course!) World Cup Robotic Soccer team — and offer a glimpse into future possibilities.

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