Of all art, graffiti probably has the widest discrepancy between the off-handed-ness of its creation and the intensity of the art theory surrounding it. So it’s no surprise that added to the mountains of academic papers and discussions is a movement to catalog and organize its slap-dash squiggles. Which, of course, leads only to one thing: Robots.
Graffiti tech has grown like crazy in the last few years, spurred on mostly by the Graffiti Research Lab (check out their EyeWriter project, and the various laser-tagging rigs they’ve developed. You might have seen one at MoMA.). Then there’s Jurg Lehni’s spray-painting robot Hektor, another spray bot called GraffitiWriter, and now this.