Video, Drawing Robot, Ballpoint pen on paper 61x46 cm / each (quantity variable) Installation and dimensions variable
by Georg Eckmayr and Hannes Koecher
– BY MEANS OF AESTHETIC SELECTION –
«Emotion and Category»
What is an active and what a lifeless reflex? What is original and what compulsive repetition? Where do art and cultural technology differentiate themselves from automation?
by Markus Zöchmeister
The complete transfer of movements into digital forms, reproduced by the robot and the generated image of unpredictability is completely predictable. And exactly this predictability catches the eye.
Automation (Aristotle) describes a mechanism in nature, a reflexing machine or a muscle that continues to work even when the living form it is attached to is dead. The Bug shows this automation without any living aspect: of course the beetle is dead but what lives on is the machine of nature. The automation is subcon- scious; one could say that the beetle knows nothing about it. It knows nothing of its own dysfunctionality; it is the complete programme. The beetle does not know that half of him is missing. He knows nothing of his own death.
The automatic machine functions beyond the pleasure principle and beyond life, with only the compulsion to repeat (Freud). If one can say that something eerie touches us, touches the viewer, then it is the pure compulsion to repeat, still practiced by the now non-living being, an idea which Freud developed as beyond the pleasure principle and which he termed death-drive.
This working of the machine on the life of the beetle touches us in as much as it shows us a level of nature that even we know nothing about. The Bug is no mistake, rather the triumph of the machine over life.