(2008 – 2010)
Technological supplements are continually used to extend the abilities of the body: vehicles to move faster, airplanes to confront gravity, phones to communicate without physical presence and screens to see at any distance. To unite the virtual and physical aspects of my artistic aspirations I started experimenting with a construction of a technological extension of my biological body. The goal is to establish a different creative process, which includes rudiments of new media art and of “classical” art forms like painting and sculpture.
Embodiment of Digital Art
In the digital age we often use the word “virtual”, which stands for something unreal or semi-real. Streams of data constantly change our perception of reality, challenging the importance of the truth. Even more doubtful than the current perception of reality is archiving the culture of digital ages for future generations. Another interesting issue is the meaning of the body in digital culture. Since my work is mainly about the chunks of code and their (re)presentation, there I convert code in holes and stripes on wooden boards.
Birth of Lalaboro: the Robot Assistant
It took me few years to build this machine. It helped me a lot, that I once studied machine engineering and that I worked in IT for several years. But the most important was, that at that time Internet was still open. All kind of enthusiasts shared their experiences and designs on their web pages and search engines like Google found them at a first glance. Compared to that, is Internet today a commercial bazaar, where it is important to serve search engines, not people.
Different Cyborg than Stelarc
Cyborg is a human, which extends his body with technological supplements. Contrary to Stelarc and some other artists, who used mechanical “prosthesis” in their performances, I create an extension to help me create “classical” art like painting and sculpturing.
Divided Mind and Body
In classical artistic activities like painting or sculpturing we simultaneously and ritualistic use body and mind, while in digital art this process becomes much different. We create algorithms and than let machines do the rest. There is no bodily real time interaction with the artwork anymore. This leads to the idea, that the physical body becomes obsolete and will be replaced by technologies. Stephen Hawkings is best known for making amazing work with help of technological extensions, which allowed him to talk and write despite his paralyzed body. With a robot like mine, he could theoretically “paint”: program the code and than let the robot do the physical job.
Original or copy?
Walter Benjamin long ago questioned the aura of an work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. By building a unique machine sole by myself, I distance myself from mass production. Despite that objects are made by machine, remains the whole process, from the concept to design and construction of the artistic project unique and mine.