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Platform Project 3
Robotics and Arts




We are recruiting for the third Platform Project, which will last from coming September till February. 

The goal of the Platform Project is to inspire and connect different disciplines through external collaboration. Next semester, we will be working with Jorrit Paaijmans. Our aim is to create a space for tinkering and experimentation, published in a Public Knowledge Bank.

In our new Platform project, we’re exploring the Intersection of Robotics and the Arts: Where Creativity Meets Innovation. Collaborating with artist Jorrit Paaijmans


Can traditional drawing mediums meet the precision of robotic arms?

Jorrit Paaijmans takes a different approach to drawing. Unlike traditional artists who aim for personal expression, he seeks objectivity. He removes his own artistic touch from his drawings to achieve this.

We are looking for students who want  to conceptualise, design, program, and fabricate to develop the next iteration of this innovative medium.

More specificly:

Work on the Robotic Arm's Drive System: An initial prototype of an arm is in existence, but we require technical expertise to develop the drive system of the arm to become fully functional. Additionally, enthusiasm for integrating soft robotics principles is encouraged! 


Deep dive into Control Mechanisms and its philosophy: As you work on development, you can explore questions such as:

  • Can a robotic arm replicate the hesitation of human sketching?

  • What implications does the inaccuracy of sketching hold for a precise tool like a robotic arm?

  • Can a robotic arm bend, stretch, and change shape and what materials do we need? 

  • Can programmed instructions create genuinely original artwork?

Shedding light on the possibilities for humanizing robotics.

Can soft robotics be a response? Do you think traditional art is automation proof?

Resource: Jorrit Paaijmans

Homo Inlustrare

"Homo Inlustrare" is an artistic exploration of the archetype of the drawing human, with a nod to Huizinga's concept of the playing human, and how drawing can be utilized to research the human-machine relationship. The aim is not to establish a division between the two. The focus lies on investigating the human within the machine and the machine within the human. - Jorrit ​


Jorrit started on "Homo Inlustrare" in 2019 with a residency at the EKWC (European Ceramic Work Centre). Here, porcelain components resembling artificial bones and joints were designed and crafted. These sculptures have since been equipped with an aluminum exoskeleton. However, to set the three arms in motion to perform a collective drawing choreography.

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