While in Linz I was able to meet Garnet Hertz and his amazing fucking Roachbot V3.0. The bot, which i had wanted to see for quite a while in one version or another, is a robot with the CPU provided in the form of a cockroach. It is clean, well made, and in my opinion goes, in concept, well beyond the simple specticle that draws the viewer initially in. Much has been written i/r/t this specific project, and I hate to be yet another cheesy acolayde pimping my juice all over the insect god... but yea. i like it. I just wish I had gotten to chat with its creator more in depth about it... alas, booze was to be had.
Paul DeMarinis has an amazing piece in the show.
Firebirds, which uses propane gas flames, which are fed with high voltage electric currents, which then creates a magnetic flame allowing for the flames to act as a speaker. In the instillation four such flames are arrayed all in cages that resemble oversized pet-bird cages. Each of the four goes off at diffrent times, each playing a speach by Rosevelt, Hitler, Stalin, & Churchill respectivly. The affect of exprencing this piece, especially in a city who's history is so tied up with the second world war, is quite intense. Not to mention that the specticle of it, arrayed in a large open hallway, filling the space with fire and sound.
Sorry for the lack of text, but I have been running around and a source of power is not always avaiable. The exhibition, and the rest of Ars, opened yesterday so it has been non-stop adventures, too numerous for me to go into given the time constraints. I also have a backlog of 100 pictures to go through and re-size, so they will be comming slowly.
I am right now in a lecture on hybridization and its affects on politics globally. Quite intresting in some aspects but really the best comments came from an African academic who laid it out quite plainly that the hybridization of cultures for Africa means only a continuation of the ecconomic rape of that area (and the rest of the southern hemisphere) which we have seen since the opening of the post-colonial era. For her people, hybridization means only that they are used for their resources, mostly by the G-8 nations, without any real exchange of material or cultural wealth.