Robotic Psychedelic LED Light Paintings


Psychedelic LED Light Paintings Are Created Using The Roomba. LED lights  as part of a robotic dance that also leaves these rooms spotless. .

The Roomba is one of the most versatile commercial robots out there: and it won’t just clean your house, it also has the potential to create art. These photo-crafty geeks take their Roomba robot vacuums, strap on colored LED lights and let the little devices go to town in a room, all while taking long exposure pictures. The results are psychedelic (not to mention really clean), and a whole Flickr group exists for light painters to post their shots.

For those that have never heard of Roomba, it’s a tiny robot/vacuum cleaner that runs around a room, vacuuming it’s way, saving you the trouble of actually having to move the vacuum around yourself. This is all very nice, indeed, but being that humans are still the most creative creatures in the planet, it’s great to see that it didn’t take long for users to turn the Roomba’s patterns into an art form. There’s even a whole Flickr group centered around this. The cool part is that with this process, the artist manages to create something while cleaning his or her room in the process. Breaking stereotypes rules.

The Roomba has quite the following and it’s not just because it cleans your house without having to pull out the vacuum. Roombas are completely hackable serving as open source robots that can be turned into pacmen, be controlled by your cell phone, or even be turned into musical instruments. Then there’s a whole other group of people that is using the robot to create eco-art with LEDs. The thing that plays against most people about this process is the fact that usually none of our rooms have that much space. Hell, we can barely walk without stepping on several other things. Props to the artists for their organization.


Creative users are attaching LED lights to the top of these robots and taking long exposure photographs of the vacuums in action in dark rooms. The resulting pictures are a trace of the robots’ activity and often come in wild, psychedelic colors. Some of the stylistic choices involve the colors, the programmed changes, or even creating certain patterns in order to draw something in particular. Some users are going to such extremes as to program light color changes or specific robot movements, while others like the IBRoomba group set up obstacles in the middle of rooms to create blank spots, like the initials “IBR”.




About Art Selectronic

Art Selectronic is an artist-led initiative, that supports grass-roots contemporary art that remains unswayed by fashion, trends or the whims of government funding. The project involves ongoing research into the placing of contemporary art, it’s audiences and it’s relationship to the everyday. We place great emphasis on context. Our mission is to support new works of contemporary art and foster an audience from a wide range of backgrounds.
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