The final frontier: Astronauts, robots and sneaking into the gallery after dark
This week, you can peek through the ‘eyes’ of four robots who will be roaming the darkened galleries in Tate Britain after all the visitors have left, controlled by anyone across the world who logs on through the website: afterdark.tate.org.uk
On Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 and Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 between 22.00 BST and 03.00 BST, you can log in to view the robots on their journey through the artworks and even remotely control their movements. If your kids (or you) can’t stay up that late, Friday 15 is the night for you, when the robots will be taking a turn about the galleries between 19.30 BST and 00.30 BST.
The first robot master was Colonel Chris Hadfield, retired commander of the International Space Station (you may remember him as the singing astronaut performing David Bowie’s Space Oddity), though he navigated the robots this time from the slightly more mundane location of his home in Toronto.
After Dark has been created by design studio The Workers: Tommaso Lanza, Ross Cairns and David Di Duca. It is the winning project of the IK Prize 2014, which, supported by the Porter Foundation, is a new annual prize presented by Tate which celebrates digital creativity and seeks to widen access to art through the application of digital technology.