Offset Press
[2018]

Analogue Printing Device

As Robert McLiam Wilson writes, in the introduction Wild at Heart for WilderMann, “Plugged in, neurotically wi-fi ed and G3d as we are, we yearn to re-establish contact with the actual, the primal, the old. We dream of something real, something unmitigated by the filter of profi t-making portals and franchises. We want the as-was, the erstwhile. We languish for the non-mechanical and the pre- or post-industrial. We are pilgrims seeking the past, the genuine, the individual”
Accordion Content
[material] metal, wood, paper, perspex

[dimensions] 300x420x450

Offset Press
[2018]

Analogue Printing Device


As Robert McLiam Wilson writes, in the introduction Wild at Heart for WilderMann, “Plugged in, neurotically wi-fi ed and G3d as we are, we yearn to re-establish contact with the actual, the primal, the old. We dream of something real, something unmitigated by the filter of profi t-making portals and franchises. We want the as-was, the erstwhile. We languish for the non-mechanical and the pre- or post-industrial. We are pilgrims seeking the past, the genuine, the individual”

 

Accordion Content
[material] perspex, wood, metal, 55 servo motors, 3 pololu micro controllers

[dimensions] 800×1000 mm
Imagine humanity through the eyes of aliens. Wouldn’t we look magical from space? From afar, humans seems to generate light. On closer inspection you would see that they actually have frail bodies, and they dominate their habitat through the use of tools.

Over time perhaps you could see the shift. The dawn of an industrialised civilisation. For a time humankind flourished in their mass-produced utopia. Great tools were built, of a scale easily visible from space. These creatures became enslaved to automatisation. With no need for thinking, their brains grew weaker, and their ability to dream of radical new technologies faded. The magic of these tools got lost in utility, as humans become estranged from the technological landscape surrounding them.

How will they re-insert themselves and reconnect with their tools? Will they start imagining again when they are empowered to understand their tools? Let us take a step back in time and space to obsolete technologies. Is there anything to be gained from resurrecting lost techniques?