Visiting Petra and Rob’s exhibition in Vienna was a highlight… It doesn’t have much to do my own project, but I thought I’d include some pictures from the exhibition.
The work could be related to Lachlan’s project inspiration of “Friendly Fascism” where the playful nature of the robots takes away from their more sinister agenda of autonomous surveillance of the public, much like today’s proliferation of social networking sites and their use as means for users to create their own digital persona, yet on the flip side, also as data harvesting tools for marketing and other capitalist evils.
“The installation embeds a group of autonomous robots into the walls of a gallery. They punch holes through the walls to inspect what’s outside, signal each other, and conspire. As if the walls had ears and a hammer to pierce holes for their eyes to see. The work develops a political relationship between the stealthy invasion of digital surveillance and urban combat tactics in which soldiers are literally instructed to walk through private walls. The installation stages this relationship in the form of an autonomous sculptural process that marks and wounds our environment, leaving behind open scars. “ (Taken from the project’s mircosite robococo.net)