Kickended by Silvio Lorusso is online database artwork archiving the Kickstarted campaigns that got not even a single penny. This competitive aesthetics of failure has been able to attract the attention of major national newspapers (from the British “The Guardian” to the Italian “Corriere della Sera”).
“Machine art” is one of those definitions that tries to label more complex concepts in a way that makes them more understandable. But “machine” is hard to precisely define and there are a lot of mechanisms (physical and virtual) that could be grouped under this category. “Das Coisas Quebradas” (which means: “of Broken Things”, ironically referring to the Internet of Things) by Lucas Bambozzi is an installation that perhaps falls into this category because its core is actually a machine. It detects the intensity of the surrounding electromagnetic fields and literally crushes mobile phones (obsolete or discarded) at a proportional speed. Stemming from Bambozzi’s previous projects “Of Planned Obsolescence in 3 acts” and “Mobile Crash” the system is also designed to provide the elapsed time between crushes, and when the next destruction will occur. A machine is defined by its processes, and the parameters fixed by Bambozzi seem to be defining a critical machine art, pushing our defenseless consumerism.
Das Coisas Quebradas