Ian M Clothier Electronic Artist

I visited Ian M Clothier, electronic artist and co-founder of Intercreate Trust in his New Plymouth home studio, where we discussed his projects.

Namely the Haiku Robots which at the time he was exhibiting at Puke Ariki Museum New Plymouth – New Zealand.

This is a series of photographs taken at both his home studio and Puke Ariki Museum in September 2009.

Portrait of Ian at his home studio in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Ian M Clothier at his home studio.

HAIKU ROBOTS: literally sends numbers to the computer, based on their changing location at the boundary of the project space. Numbers can be converted to text, just as a phone does. Over time, word lists are generated and these are searched through for strings of words that can be construed as poetry.

Visit Ian’s website to stay current with his projects.

A haiku robot word list:





Robots in situ
Haiku Robots – installation at Puke Ariki Museum New Plymouth, New Zealand
Haiku Robots - helmets / covers.
Haiku Robots – helmets / covers

DISTRICT OF LEISTAVIA: Hybrid micronation The District of Leistavia, where online response and voting forms were used to create the Leistavian Constitution and query cultural identification.

The District of Leistavia a hybrid micronation.
Ian at work checking voting of the District of Leistavia a hybrid micronation.

About Tahnia Roberts

Tahnia is a Kuala Lumpur based photographer, and she loves telling stories with photography. She contributes to several platforms for photography and arts, and has received acknowledgement from FWA Photo and other publications on several occasions.


  1. Your post is valuable, thanks for the info 🙂

  2. Your effort on identifying and posting about Ian is much appreciated. I am interested in Theoreticians & Artists who are inquiring, researching, developing and sharing the concept of hybridity.

    1. Tahnia Roberts

      Thank you Manu – indeed Ian’s work is interesting. You may also be interested in the group “Intercreate.org – Art, Science, Culture, Technology” I believe Ian was the founder. Please see here a link to the organisation’s website: http://www.intercreate.org

  3. Sure!
    Thanks Tahnia

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