Lafayette Anticipation associate curator Anna Colin talks to artist Tyler Coburn about Ergonomic Futures, a speculative project engaged with art, design, science, anthropology and writing. In this interview, Coburn discusses the research, production process and network of collaborators of a multilayered project ultimately concerned with the futures of humankind. Anna Colin: When one comes across your museum seats Ergonomic Futures (2016—) in contemporary art exhibitions—and soon in natural history, fine art, and anthropology museums—they look… [read more »]
A MACHINIC REPERTOIRE
There is a moment of artifice when you enter another culture, when movements and actions do not feel like your own. How does one approach a system so coded and at the same time loaded with meaning? Enter the deep mind.
“A machinic repertoire” is set in an empty residential house in the outskirts of Kyoto in Japan. It is through this empty house that one further enters into a constructed system of emptiness: a system within a system. Internalised movements in mechanical repetition, both human and automated at once: body movements on a mat of tatami, the sliding of a door, the steps in a tea ceremony, industrially produced matcha, glitched prosthetic body parts, video-recorded interactions with robots, downloaded scientific data and algorithmic sound compositions – those are the orchestrated elements of “A machinic repertoire”.
All images courtesy of Dingum and TCF, 2015