Working with partners from the MIT Media Lab, University of Konstanz and Pratt University, Ben Tritt created Artmatr, Inc to prototype a new type of ‘printer’ for artists - a rethinking of the conventional monotype for the digital age. Incorporating robotics, CNC and drones, Tritt’s group is creating the possibility to output authentic works directly from digital sources (high-end tablets and paint simulation software, such as ArtRage, Fresh Paint and Brushes Redux.) This approach to painting falls between the traditional methods of oil paint and the semi-mechanized processes of the monotype. The benefit of originating from a digital source are numerous, including the memory of every mark, freedom of scale, and theoretically infinite possibilities for revisiting works with various brush types, viscosities, grounds and colors.
'Prototype' represents the first public display of paintings created Artmatr's prototype, as well as the "Edavid" from Konstanz and the 12' robot at the Consortium for Research and Robotics in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.