After Dark

Galleries are forbidden places once the lights are turned out at night. After Dark was a prize-winning installation from The Workers, a studio in East London, which wandered the empty Tate Modern and Tate Britain at night in London last year. With Raspberry Pi for brains.

You can learn more about the project at We wish we’d known about it when it was happening, but happily, there’s a chance that the robots will reappear in another gallery in the future; we’ll be keeping an eye on their website in case that happens.

(Space geeks should watch this one to the end; the first operator of the system once it went live was a certain Commander Hadfield.)



solar3000 avatar

Screen saver from 1989?

Fester Bestertester avatar

I really miss the cursor being a yawn while waiting. The hourglass is just so mundane.

ameyring avatar

Imagine the robot going rogue, cutting the power and wielding an ancient sword, forcing rescuers to find it in the dark without getting hurt and damaging the art!

Liz Upton avatar

I think that’s why they made them without arms.

Fester Bestertester avatar

Marvellous! Only one fly in the ointment, though: I don’t know if it’s a particularly UK thing, but the narration is marred by a distinct lack of final consonants to words – T’s and D’s make a considerable difference to intelligibility.
– resident pedant

Steve Foster avatar

What I’d really like to see is what goes on at Pi Towers after lights out. I’d give anything to see the magic pixies at work :-)

Seriously though, being somewhere we shouldn’t be appeals to the naughty side of us doesn’t it? Where else could we put them apart from museums?

Liz Upton avatar

The lights don’t tend to go out; at least two of the engineering team appear to be nocturnal, broadly speaking.

(BTW, here’s a bit of serendipity, Steve: check out what I’ve just blogged!

Brandon avatar

This is a fascinating project, and a great way to use a Raspberry Pi. I would predict that this will catch on in different ways, for other purposes. Perhaps drones for getting insight into what life is like in other places as you go “travelling” across the world.

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