Art Machine Journey

Since it is literally -30C degrees outside, I have been trying to think of ways to entertain Neptune and myself by remaining indoors. We sat on the couch this morning: her watching PBS and me trolling the internet. Let me share the journey.

All internet adventures start with the bookmarks list. I have Wired.com in there, which is where I found: art machines: I want a “Sub-Sonic Dissidence Propulsion Device”. The amazingly D&D meets gothic art constructions are fascinating, and I only wish I could see the pieces by Kris Kuksi in real life. One piece that I can’t link through to (on Page 3, called “The Deadly Sins”) is particularly magnificent. This work teeters dangerously on the border between gothic-pop genius and fantasy/sci-fi rubbish. I love it.

From there I went back to the Wired article which brought me to artmachines.org. A delightful compendium of tech-inspired art, sculpture and photography. You can see Kuksi’s “The Deadly Sins” here, too. But scrolling down through other pieces, I came upon some always fascinating interpretations of the Rube Goldberg machine. Neptune is in a serious Looney Tunes period right now, especially the Roadrunner and Coyote so the Rube Goldberg is always on my mind.

And so I watched these two clips: one from a famous installation called “The Way Things Go” from the 80’s:

The next a corporate spin-off, entitled “Cog” commissioned by Honda. It does very cleverly re-interpret car parts; especially the wind-shield mobile. Apparently the interesting fact is that they tried to run their machine over 600 times, and this is the only success:

Now you don’t have to go outside, either.

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3 thoughts on “Art Machine Journey

  1. These should appeal to any budding pyromaniac or mechanic with way toooooooooo much time on their hands…..verrry interrrrrrrresting

  2. wow this Kris Kuksi is just amazing…
    ans the other two clips are like what we used to do with domino`s……
    there must have been something in the air yesterday becaus i was checking out some arty stuff on the net..
    fist of i discoverd that the brother of a friend of mine in london is like Talented with a capitol T…
    CHECK OUT HIS STUFF
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/finbarrnotte
    through him i got introduce to mutate britain where al thes artists showed ther stuff check it out

    there are some wierd stuff there ,but you just got to give them credit for there talent…

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