Philip Colbert at NFT Paris and his Lobstarbot – the Art-Making Data-Driven Robot

Dear Shaded Viewers,

You can now get into the brain of the uber lobster robot which makes AI assisted art. You choose where to fire the paint and they actually paint. It is set up in Philip Colbert’s London studio.

Colbert saw how the ability for people to interact with robots was key to the triumphant run of Lobsteropolis, his museum takeover of The Saatchi Gallery. During lockdown in 2020, the artist used a team of mechanical lobsters to transport visitors through an odyssey of unseen large-scale paintings, sculptures, projections and video art. As the show worked physically and digitally, allowing viewers to interactively engage with the exhibition, the show was so successful it was extended by the gallery from one month to a six-month show. Guests registered to tour the gallery by registering on the gallery website and booking a slot with their own automated machine. The robots allowed digital users to navigate through the psychedelic Lobster land. After the user registered online, they were able to move around the gallery via their smartphone or computer. Now you have the possibility to create with the AI Lobstarbot. Visit Philip’s site to see all the amazing things he is doing with his Lobster world. Of course,  he will never and has never, eaten a Lobster. Lobster’s have a very long life and only the weight of their shell is what ends their life eventually. Colbert is considered the godson of Andy Warhol. You can buy into his world in a great variety of ways. Do visit his website to find out more.


Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.