Kirsty Boyle is an Australian artist whose passion for robots has driven her to travel the world in order to work with other like-minded puppeteers, animators and roboticists.
Her practice is truly interdisciplinary, encompassing skills in sculpture, theatrical performance, film and animation, digital arts and design, mechanical and electrical engineering and artificial intelligence.
During 2002, Kirsty began study under Mr Tamaya Shobei, a ninth generation Karakuri Ningyo craftsman and last remaining mechanical doll Master in Japan. She is currently his only student, and the only woman to have ever been trained in the tradition.
Subsequently her artwork was featured in an educational robotics book produced by the German Air and Space Agency, of which 180,000 copies were distributed to every high school student in Germany. Her website was featured in the AI Lectures from Tokyo, an online education initiative at the University of Tokyo, Japan and is also a featured resource with the NASA robotics education initiative. The website is included in a growing number of Universities' introductory Artificial Intelligence courses worldwide and she is now considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on Karakuri
In 2009 she completed residencies at MedienKunstLabor @ Kunsthaus Graz and Medialab-Prado, Madrid, where she co-founded http://openMaterials.org; a research group dedicated to open investigation and experimentation with DIY production methods and uses of materials.
In association with Dock18 she developed ‘love the robots’ - a showcase combining media art, network performance, informal lecture and discussion centred around the theme of robots, contemporary art, culture and society. The hybrid format combines practice, theory and an exhibition showcase, serving as a catalyst for an international network of collaborations and contacts among local and international artists. Its goal is to promote contemporary robotics arts, thus contributing to the development of communities of cultural producers in this field.