‘Bios (Bible)’ by robotlab addresses the ancient battle between religion and science by letting a robotic arm write down the entire 66 books of the bible. In the course of seven months it places calligraphic letters onto paper rolls with high precision.
I liked the contrast between the cold robotic steel arm and the sensitive tip of the calligraphic pen scratching into the paper. It reminded me of frescos of monks in San Niccolo’s church in Treviso, meticulously re-writing religious texts.
Copying the bible used to be a sacred act and if there was only a slight mistake the whole page, or even scroll would have to be destroyed. The robotic arm doesn’t waste time on details. Half of the pages that were on display had mistakes in them, which made me think about whether robots are really capable of more perfection than we are.