Into the Archive – Old Sculptures from bygone Youth

 

The game is afoot. I made a promise in my last post and I always keep my promises (and debt). Here are some old and some new steampunked sculptures. The picture quality is way better, because I have a photo-tent and semi-pro lighting now. Aha…Look isn’t it marvelous:-)

 

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Some sculptures are old others are totally new. I call them steampunked sculptures as a catchall term, it’s a concept in search of a visual identity. It could also be “Remade”/Ready Mades, but that would give credit to Marcel Duchamp and that is not feasible. The readymade tradition is stupidly strange, blown out of proportion and kind a boring (I think!). I see my steampunked sculptures as a intersection of technology and romance, humanism versus transhumanisme and sustainability or catastrophe. Its my old broken stuff reintegrated into this world as art, or as a comment on the epic battle of the late twentieth century. Or maybe the 21. century:-)

 

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Our time is a mythic time, we are all chimeras in a way, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs. OR Just machine-men with machine hearts and Excel brains. If we hide the real drama and give in to fiction, its as Isaac Asimov puts it:

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But if we give in to the real drama and hide the fiction, its something quite different and far from what Isaac Asimov, imagined in Robot visions. The 21st century is the age of crisis management. We have five great problems: Global pollution, global warming, biogenetics, inequality and a rising population. The machine mind does not isolate humankind from the great problems of of our time – it plunges him more deeply into them. Is that good, bad or beyond?

Beyond I say! There are now no more horizons we can migrate to, no promised land, no great escape. And we can’t wait for space travel, the great and final frontier. We have to face the dissolution of the horizons, and in that very moment experience the collisions, terrific collisions, not only of peoples but also of their cultural mythologies. I try to explain these collisions though my art in a direct way. In a nutshell: Art does not solve problems – it confronts them in a philosophical way. More on this matter later…

All things have small beginnings… right? I still need to show my workspace. Next upcoming blogpost is new sculptures and my tiny workspace. Thanks for reading:-)

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