Patrick Tresset

Location: London

Patrick Tresset is a French artist and scientist who investigates human artistic activity and our relation to machines, in particular our relations with robotic entities. In the context of his art practice, Patrick uses robotics to create autonomous robotic entities that are evocative representations of the artist, and in a certain manner a representation of himself. His robots are based on research from robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing.

Patrick’s research led him to join Goldsmiths, University of London, to study for a Master of Sciences in Arts Computing and until 2013, he co-directed the AIkon-II project with Prof. Frederic Fol Leymarie. The AIkon-II project investigated the observational sketching activity through computational modeling and robotics, and was funded in part with a research grant from the Leverhulme trust. Patrick also established the creative robotics module taught to post-graduate students at Goldsmiths as part of the MFA Computational Arts programme. Patrick is a Visiting senior fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz in Germany and is also a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom.

Patrick's work has been internationally exhibited in solo and group shows, in association with major museums such as Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Tate Modern, the Pompidou Center, Museum of Israel and events such as Ars Electronica Festival, London Art Fair, Kinetica Art Fair and Istanbul biennial.

Patrick's work has been featured in major printed media including The Times (UK), The Independent (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Le Monde (FR), New Scientist (UK), El Mundo (SP), L’Oeil (FR), Tank Magazine (UK). and in major online media such as wired, slate, creatorsproject, wemakemoneynotart, huffingtonpost, beautifuldecay, bbc, rue89 etc...


Machine Studies, Merge, Algarve House, London, UK, May 2017 TBC
Human Traits #2, Dixit Algorizmi, Gallery, Berlin, DE, 03 Nov-31 Dec 2016
Human Traits, Laznia, Gdansk, PL, 31June-­05 July 2015
Human Studies, Bildungsturm, Konstanz, DE, 27 Sept-­15 Oct 2013
6 Robots Named Paul, Merge Festival, Supported by Tate Modern, London, UK, 19 Sept­-21 Oct 2012
New Work, Tenderpixel Gallery, London, UK, 19 June­-9 July 2011

Benevolent Machine, World Economic Forum, Davos, CH, 16-20 Jan
Mois Multi, Québec, CA, 02-26 Feb
Digital Choc: Machines désirantes, Institut Français du Japon, Tokyo, 10 Feb-20 Mar
SEEING Tour, Frost Museum, Miami, USA, 01 Mar-20 Oct
Face and Identity, Silkeborg Bad Art Centre, DK, 02 Apr-15 Oct
Title TBC, Astana, KAZ, 10 June-10 Sept
Artist Maker Fair, Le Machines de L’ile, Nantes, FR, 07-10 July
EPC Congress, Fokker Terminal, The Hague, NL, 17 Nov
La Robotica, Gruppo 78, Trieste, IT, 29 Oct-27 Nov
3RNP, Przemiany Festival, Copernicus Center, Warsaw, PL, 01-04 Sept
Art Tech, ARS Electronica Export, European Forum, Alpbach, AT, 25-28 Aug
HUMAN FACTOR, Ars Electronica Export, Berlin, DE, 10 Jul-27 Aug
SEEING, Science Gallery, Dublin, IR, 24 June-18 Sept
BIAN, Montreal, CA, 03 June­-03 July
Mens En Machine, Turnhout, BE, 19 Mar-­22 May
EXIT, MAC, Creteil, FR, 07­-17 Apr
Ex Nihilo, Nihil Fit, Brussels, BE, 16-24 Apr
VIA, Maubeuge, FR, 10­-20 Mar
The son of Man who ate the the scroll, Goshka Macuga, installation, “Before the beginning and after the end”, Foundazione Prada, Milan, IT, 04 Feb­-19 June
L’Anatomie de l’automate, La Panacée, Montpellier, FR, 21 Nov-28 Feb
Variation Art Fair, Paris, FR, 19–25 Oct
IJCAI, Centre Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, AR, 25-30 July
Portraits Robots, Maison d’Ailleurs, Yverdon, CH, 21 June-31 Jan, MyArtBlooms
WRO 2015, Wroclaw, PL, 13 May-30 June
BOZAR, Brussels, BE, 30 Apr-03 May
Robot Essay, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, KR, 28 Apr-19 July
Codes, Audi City, Beijing, CN, 05­-20 Dec
Update 5, NTAA, Ghent, BE, 07­-24 Nov
Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, AT, 04­-08 Sept
Contact Point, Museum of Israel, Jerusalem, IL, 10 July, MyArtBlooms
Art Rock Festival, Saint Brieuc, FR, 3­9 June
Vittenfabrikken, Sandnes, NO, 17 Mar-10 Apr
INLOVE, installation, studio 13­16, Pompidou Center, Paris, FR, 13­ Oct-03 Nov
Science Museum, London, UK, 01 Aug
La Gaite Lyrique, Paris, FR, 12 June
V & A Museum, London, UK, 21-­22 Sept
The Lighthouse, Brighton, UK, 17-26 Feb
Kinetica Art Fair, London, UK, 09-­12 Feb
London Art Fair, UK, 18-­22 Jan
The Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA, 28­-29 Oct
Uncontainable: Untitled, ISEA2011, Istanbul, TR, 14-21 Sept
V & A Museum, London, UK, 26-27 Aug
Unleashed Devices, Watermans Centre, London, UK, 10 Sept­-22 Oct
Science Museum, London, UK, 25 June
Kinetica Art fair, London, UK, 04-­7 Feb

Human Traits. Patrick Tresset and the Art of Creative Machines, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art. Editor: Ryszard W. Kluszczynski. Poland, Gdansk, 2016

Grants and Awards:
NTAA 2014, Prix du public, 3rs Prix du Jury
Lumen 2014, Bronze
Japan media festival prize 2015, Jury Selection
OPLINE PRIZE 2016, shortlisted
ArteArt Laguna, shortlisted
Leverhulme Research Grant, 2009-2012