17 March, 2008
Art Machines Machine Art - Basel
From Tinguely to Damien Hirst, machines that produce their own art
We all agree that art is created by artists. But what happens when machines start producing art? Do artists become simple engineers? What can we then consider as the artwork: the machine, the final product or the process of creation? From Jean Tinguely's drawing machines dating back to the 1950s to the ones currently produced by Angela Bulloch, Jon Kessler or Cornelia Sollfrank, all of them have a common feature: they produce their own art. Depending on the mechanical process involved, visitors may keep certain works such as drawings produced by Jean Tinguely's Meta-Matics and certified stamped sheets produced by Damien Hirst's or Olafur Eliasson's machines. To create a machine as an artwork and to entrust it with the responsibility of developing further artworks is a radical step. It means delegating creativity to a piece of equipment. Do such art machines then possess a “soul”?
ART MACHINES MACHINE ART
The Museum turns into a production hall...
Paul Sacher-Anlage 1, 4002 BASEL
FROM MARCH 5 TO JUNE 29, 2008
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