Done under Prof Golan Levin in collaboration with
Philippe De Bree.
Taking heavy inspiration from Banksy's pet shop, we wanted to explore connections between machines and human bodies and particularly the ways both could be exploited. Through that we landed on the idea of torture, which fundamentally seeks to expose weakness in whatever it is inflicted upon.
With this in mind we started to brainstorm individual units that we wanted to put together into one larger body to convey different aspects of torture (psychological, physical etc). This gave way to the three separate parts that we have in our final product, each influenced in its execution by objects we found at the center for creative re-use that we felt could be exploited through the use of machinery and as a stand-ins for machinery itself.
Note, turn up your volume when watching the video!
The aesthetics of the end result was much more dependent on the tools/construction and frameworks of torture rather than the items from the center for creative re-use, which lends itself to the unity of the separate parts. The clarity of the cassette tape component definitely needs work in terms of making apparent the action there, with the integration of the IR sensor also proving difficult for this specific component.
Here are some detailed shots of the final work.