A history of robotic art

In order to get more context for potential artistic directions for the lirec project, I’ve started compiling a timeline of robots in art – I haven’t even got as far as electricity yet…


The Digesting Duck of Vaucanson

Voltaire wrote that “without […] the duck of Vaucanson, you have nothing to remind you of the glory of France.” (“Sans…le canard de Vaucanson vous n’auriez rien qui fit ressouvenir de la gloire de la France.”) This is often misquoted as “Without the shitting duck, we would have nothing to remind us of the glory of France.”

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