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Body, Cyborg, Robot In Lugano. Interaction Between Mechanical & Organic Silvia Casini

Ciani, designed and organized by the National Musuem of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci. Munari starts his journey during the second phase of italian Futurism, however this participation does not keep him from strongly criticizing machinary and in his Manifesto del Meccanismo, written in 1952, he clearly expresses the monstrosity of these machines if somehow used unproperly along with the possibility of turning them in to works of art. Munari underlined an important element realizing that art can not ignore technology but has to be able to unmask it and free us of our fear of machines.(1)

Primary and basic technology become works of art capable of playing with our passion for machinary and technology, a form of “pain” that we feel with and through our bodies. Simplicity is at the heart of Macchina Inutile (Useless Machine), an almost inconsistent assembly of delicate stems and coloured metal pieces built on to a spinning structure that slowly speeds down. This is one of Bruno Munari‘s latest creations on display in Lugano as a part of the exibihition , just recently concluded, called Corpo, Automi, Robot. Tra Arte, Scienza e Tecnologia / Body, Cyborgs, Robots. In between art, science and technology (25 of October 2009 – 21 of February 2010 ), builded up within the walls of Villa Malpensata and Villa

The irony of Munari’s “useless machine” is accompanied by the ironic Korean artist Nam Juk Paik, the first person to experiment the creative and artistic possibilty of using videos. In Paik’s machine robot creation Ecce Homo (1989) is composed by objects belonging to the media in particular to television equipment. Although Paik started his career during the bodyart period (Gina Pane,

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DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

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