A Japanese Engineer Hijacked a Cleaning Robot and Turned it Into an Artist

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His name is Mr. Head. He used to be a janitor but last year he made a radical career shift. Now he’s an impressive, sought-after painter who creates abstract splatter paintings in the vein of Jackson Pollock. He tirelessly works day and night without break to create his vibrant works. Unfortunately for Mr. Head, however, he lacks the skills to explain, promote and sell his work. You see, he’s a robot.

Mr. Head roomba robot painter

Luckily for Mr. Head – in Japanese his name is fine but in English it unfortunately carries some sexual connotations – he has his creator to help in in the sales and promotions department. The Japanese engineer, who goes by the name HYdeJII, hijacked his Roomba cleaning robot last year and turned it into a painting robot.

“What is the aesthetic identity of a robot?” asks HYdeJII. To pursuit an answer he attached 4 different PET bottles filled with paint and connected them with tubes. He then programmed Mr. Head to move around a canvas and dribble paint.

Mr. Head roomba robot painter

Judging by the time-lapse video it seems like each painting requires several hours as Mr. Head begins when it’s light, works through the night, and then finishes when it’s light again. So far he’s created 2 paintings, “Spring Worm Hole,” which he made last year, and “Spring Starburst,” which he just recently completed.


Mr. Head roomba robot painting

Spring Worm Hole (2014) | photos by ATOM

Mr. Head roomba robot painting

Spring Worm Hole (detail)

Mr. Head roomba robot painting

“Spring Starburst” (2015) | photos by ATOM

Mr. Head roomba robot painting

“Spring Starburst” (detail)


1 Comment

  1. Hey there, my compliments, good article. I’ve just pinned it on my boards.
    Even though i think the paintings are ok,all due respect to Mr.HYdeJII, i think that what a human painter can do and create is totally different and cannot be merely compare to what a robot does.
    I have recently wrote an article on how letting creativity and feelings flow with freedom can help you to get started with painting …I do not think that a hijacked carpet cleaner could ever compare to what a person, with all his/her DNA of human emotions, can create.

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