Tinguely and Paik, among others

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Paik is a recent discovery for me. I like how he is very explicit of what he reports but he is making no judgement or getting to far away from what we can see and touch. The physicality of these moral problems that we face when we think about robotics and inclusion, sexuality or morality are for the viewer to reflect. He is not there saying where to look and what to think. He is, as a reporter, creating a set of informed sculptures of what he sees. I feel that in many ways I feel myself in that situation, where I have no intention to discuss if AI is intelligent or moral; whether unemployment will come sooner or later because of robotics; but somehow I am addressing all those issues and showing something I see ahead as if this vision I have is what is happening around me.

Nam June Paik, "Li Tai Po" (1987), 10 antique wooden TV cabinets, 1 antique radio cabinet, antique Korean printing block, antique Korean book, 11 color TVs, 96 x 62 x 24 in. (243.8 x 157.5 x 61 cm), Asia Society, New York: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold and Ruth Newman (photo © 2007 John Bigelow Taylor Photography, courtesy Asia Society, New York)

Num June Paik, Robot Dreams, 1987


Alexander Calder has been delighting me as a sculptor since years ago, when I saw a theater play with his name on it and it guided through the process of playful discovery of his practice. I feel that without words his work speaks to me, striving for balance and getting to a spot where our imagination floats. He talks about the natural phenomena to me, like the wind or a waterfall or eclipses.

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Jean Tinguely has surprised me since I started teaching classes that are at the intersection of art and science. It might have been back in 2010 or so when a student mentioned him to me for the first time.  some five

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Jean Tinguely, Dèbricollage, 1970


Reuben Margolin talks about the process that took him to invent all his mechanisms. All of them simple in terms of being just mechanical or just the result of a series of movements. But totally mesmerizing when we look at the results.

Reubuen Margolin, River Loom, 2016


David Roy has a background in Computer Science and at some point of his young professional life shifted to integrate art in his work. He was not able to do both things simultaneously but, on the contrary, he discovered a pleasant dimension of himself where he was allowed to create. I admire his methodology and how original his work became. Still I wonder if there is much more than a skillful handcrafted wooden mechanism or if in his process he also unveiled a truth as the ones I am personally pursuing. May be art is so different to each one of us that I should not question this, but I feel that only by formulating questions I will get to my own authentic inquiry.

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Anthony Howe describes how his audience see alien references and that there is a hardcore process he goes to elaborate his, sometimes, gigantic sculptures. And that all the others see his work as something else. But what he thinks about, what he feels, the source of his admiration is the wind. It is so simple but so complex and he dedicates his life to melt all this metal and invent spinning spirals that are authentic to him, loyal as the wind and capturing the essence of that what he pursues.

Octo 2014

Anthony Howe, Di-Octo, 2014



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