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Explore Tate Britain through robotic eyes

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08-17-2014 00:13 BJT

If you've ever wondered what happens in museum corridors and galleries when the visitors have left and the lights are off now's your chance to find out. London's famous home of modern art, Tate Britain, is inviting art fans to witness a night at the museum - though the eyes of robots. 

Welcome to the Tate Britain after dark !

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London's famous home of modern art, Tate Britain, is inviting art fans to witness a night at the museum - though the eyes of robots.

For the past few nights, London's iconic art gallery has been streaming live camera feeds onto the web.... from the eyes of four roaming robots. Users around the world have even been able to take control of a robot and tell it where to go.

The project, called After Dark, also features live commentary by a panel of experts. It was developed using space technology.

"You'll see four video feeds of these robots, we're also going to have commentators who are going to be talking through some of the works which come on the screen, and then you can request to take control, and this is where a lot of our effort is focused on at the moment. We want to digitally create the experience of being in the collection alone at night," robotic designer Ross Cairns said.

One of the first people to try out the space-age technology, was a man who's been to space himself -- former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield.

He had a sneak preview earlier this week from his home in Canada.

"Of the artistry and the history and the technology, all wrapped up in one, you start to forget what you're really doing and you just become curious about the painting itself and the robot and your hands just become an extension of your mind, that's how technology ought to be," astronaut Chris Hadfield said.

Jane Burton, Creative Director of Tate Media says it's a chance to make the galleries more accessible.

"Here at Tate we've got the national collection of British art so we've got 500 years of British art, from 1500 right up to the present day, and we would love people to explore that, and the idea that the robots can walk through time driven by people and stop at painting they like and hear a live commentary from our tour guides is just fascinating and exciting, and we also hope it will be a bit of fun," Jane Burton said.

If you're interested in a virtual tour, you only have two more nights to give it a try. Log on to afterdark.tate.org.uk, for a very special night at the museum.

 London

London's famous home of modern art, Tate Britain, is inviting art fans to witness a night at the museum - though the eyes of robots.

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