Start with a mesh of a 3d sphere and let a mix of algorithms work on it freely. The initial shape goes through a set of unexpected and radical changes. Holes and spikes may appear, deformations occur. At a given moment, driven by a sense of rightness, you stop the process and send the model to a 3d printing machine. A while after you have an original sculpture.
The essential of this new kind of art work is done by machines. Your role is to start and finish the process. It may seem very important, depicted as the inspired touch, the moment of “true” creation, but in fact it can easily be automated. We can imagine a chain of machines creating and printing continuously original sculptures without human intervention. (Actually this is one of my projects).
Why is this interesting?
Artists have always used machines. A sharp stone in the hands of the Paleolithic man was a machine to engrave visions and launch the primordial abstract thought. The camera obscura was a machine that helped renaissance artists to enhance realism and optical effects in their paintings. Photography, cinema, video and computers are machines that expand perception and create new realities. But today we have machines that are more than just tools. Machines that can be creative on their own. Machines that generate novelty.
My work, with machines and robots, is an announcement of the future. The process is underway and unavoidable. It is prompted by need and imagination when will share the planet with artificial species that are endowed with autonomy, intelligence, creativity and consciousness. The association between man and machine is – and will keep on being for a long while –, of a symbiotic kind. Both entities have much to gain from the cooperation and, actually, once initiated, it becomes unbearably to function without it. Already today we cannot live without a cellphone or a computer.
This symbiotic relationship liberates man from archaic tasks. Machines do things better and have multitask skills, which are very limited in humans. More important, to recognize machine creativity puts an end to human centrality and its putative exclusiveness in what originality is concerned.
Art is a cultural concept. As such it did change over time and will keep on doing so. A century ago abstract art was not yet recognized. Soon we may accept machine and robot production as an original art form.
Evolution #37, 2013, plastic, 14 x 15 x 13 cm (unique)