Robots to lead online tours of Tate galleries

Starting some time this summer, robots at Tate Britain will allow people around the world to remotely explore the art museum’s collection after hours.

The project, “After Dark,” was created by a trio that won the museum’s inaugural 2014 IK prize, created to promote ways to “experience art through digital innovation.”

The prize going to the winning team, who lead a digital design studio called “The Workers,” includes £10,000 and a £60,000 development budget.

Tommaso Lanza, Ross Cairns and David DiDuca founded The Workers in 2011.  Their “After Dark” vision will enable Tate website users to control robots in the museum, steer them around the galleries and broadcast their experience and commentary online.

“The Workers proposal is truly exciting and original,” said Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who was a member of the jury that selected “After Dark” as the winning project. “Combining behind-the-scenes intrigue with a sense of exploration, the project will give people all over the world a unique experience of 500 years of British art. Brilliant! Widening access to art through the application of digital technology is a mission I share. I am delighted to be part of a jury that supports creative minds in this way. The shortlist demonstrated the potential of digital to offer diverse and radical new was of enjoying culture.”

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