Kinetic Sculptures using recycled materials

Skeuomorphs sculpture.
A skeuomorph” is a derivative object that retains ornamental design cues (attributes) from structures that were necessary in the original.”(Wikipedia) the words that three children are saying are all phrases derived from technology and ways of living that have been superceded by technology’s effects on everyday life. The more that we disappear via connection into the virtual world, the more likely that sensory organs like eyes, nose, ears and touch will become skeuomorphs. The ways that young people relate to each other and the world seems to be changing due to digital technology and makes me feel like it incorporates an inaccessibility for pre and non-digital people.
I feel like an interloper in whatever is going on.

(In)dividuation

The advent of technology that allows the imaging of the foetus enables the search for identity to begin on the infant’s behalf, even before birth.”…the use of ultrasound that represents the foetus as an image separate from the maternal body, colour photographs…that show the foetus in the womb, seemingly floating in space…all serve to reinforce this division between mother and foetus.” Lupton (1994)

Imbrication

As we immerse ourselves at ever younger ages, what hidden skills do we unlock? What skills do we leave behind? Are we replacing the magic of embodiment, sensory immersion and face to face social interaction with a facility to embed ourselves in a virtual realm that may end up superseding the physical?

Alexa Do You Love Me?

Exploring our relationship and attachments to technology.

“Divergence” 

The lockdown and social distancing effects wrought by Covid 19, Every now and again the hands synchronise and then desynchronise

“Distraction” 

What is the source of distraction? the viewer? or the mobile phone?

“The Social Anxiety Machine” 

The pull between the need to have friends and interact socially and the feelings of anxiety at meeting new people.

“The Kiss” 

A re-imagining of Rodin’s  “The Kiss” in the post digital age. the vast majority of our interactions in the 21st century are through the digital. the presence of the other person not required.

“Artlessness” 

A kinetic sculpture that highlights the artist’s feeling of not quite being in control of the outcomes of dealing with the internet and social media.

“Rejection/Acceptance Machine” 

 

A kinetic sculpture that either swipes left or right dependant on the way the viewer turns the handle

“Deletion”

A kinetic sculpture of a robot that scribbles  on my artwork until someone enters the room from the right hand side. It then stops scribbling at looks up at the intruder, its chest rising and falling in a simulation of breathing. When the viewer leaves, the robot goes back to its work

A film put together by Mitja Zupanc of my show “call centre” that ran at the Liquid Gallery, Swansea High Street in June 2019

“Programming”

This is a kinetic sculpture made from recycled parts, mainly bicycle. The hands swipe a phone while the attention wanders, an attempt to show how we are becoming adapted to our gadgets, as much as they are becoming adapted to us.

The sculpture is powered by the weight of a defunct petrol engine that the viewer winds up to start the sculpture moving.

“Telephone Robot”

A Kinetic sculpture in the form of a robot that smashes up a keyboard with its fists in frustration. Powered by a floor switch when the viewer stands in front of the sculpture

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