reawaken
Reawaken, an exploration of printing.
An assembled printing device, each arm powered by one of the 55 servo motors.
[year] 2018
[dimensions] 800 x 1000 mm
[material] perspex, wood, 55 servo motors, 3 pololu boards, ecoline

20.10.2018 – 28.10.2018 Manifestions @ Dutch Design Week Eindhoven. Nominated for the Young Talent Award.

26.9.2018 – 30.09.2018 FUTURE FAST FORWARD @ Art The Hague curated by Kers Gallery. Group Exhibition with David Bade, Koen van Mechelen, Stefan Yordanov, Paul Segers, Pieter W Postma, Marina Visic, Ole Nieling.

06.09.2018 – 09.09.2018 YoungBlood exposition. GOGBOT festival 2018 Enschede. Nominated for YOUNGBLOOD Award 

04.07.2018 – 08.07.2018 Gruaduation Show Willem de Kooning Academy. Project nominated for Bachelor Research & Hybrid Publishing Award 2018 & Drempelprijs 2018

My inspiration for this mechanical sculpture derives from how our devices are increasingly mimicking each other. A phone is a small tablet, a tablet a small laptop, and so on. These are devices we encounter in our everyday lives. The question of whether this makes us poor in fantasy, together with the technological developments that are increasingly invisible, such as algorithms, have been my starting point. My further research connects with the historical development and context of printing machines, typewriters and psychosis. This led to the creation of this mechanical and extraterrestrial structure that produces prints.

Imagine humanity through the eyes of aliens. Wouldn’t we look magical from space? From afar, humans seems to generate light. On closer inspection you would see that they actually have frail bodies, and they dominate their habitat through the use of tools.

Over time perhaps you could see the shift. The dawn of an industrialised civilisation. For a time humankind flourished in their mass-produced utopia. Great tools were built, of a scale easily visible from space. These creatures became enslaved to automatisation. With no need for thinking, their brains grew weaker, and their ability to dream of radical new technologies faded. The magic of these tools got lost in utility, as humans become estranged from the technological landscape surrounding them.

How will they re-insert themselves and reconnect with their tools? Will they start imagining again when they are empowered to understand their tools? Let us take a step back in time and space to obsolete technologies. Is there anything to be gained from resurrecting lost techniques?