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When art and technology pull each other to bits

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Benny Parkhurst
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Drones take to the skies in a display at the Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria

In a disused mail sorting office in Linz, Austria, an industrial robot twice my height has got hold of Serbian-born artist Dragan Ilic and is wiping him over a canvas-covered wall.

Every September in Linz, the Ars Electronica festival tries to marry technology and art.

Andy Warhol took up screen-printing in the 1960s, and a whole generation of gallery-goers have since grown up with the notion that this match is easy.

Indeed, the coupling of art and technology has become a solid pillar of art education, especially now that so much funding comes from IT big hitters such as Sony and private institutions like the Wellcome Trust.

Not far away, another robot, Davide Quayola s Sculpture Factory, chiselled through partially completed life-size stone renditions of Michelangelo s David.

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