If there’s one thing games make clear it’s that the future brings robots in two forms: gun covered deathbots or sexy androids. There is no middle ground. Here the latter takes a step closer albeit in a nightmarish form thanks to an animatronic sculpture from artist Jordan Wolfson. It’s definitely not a manifestation of repressed trauma I’m trying to escape.
The piece is on display at the David Zwirner gallery in New York and is a collaboration between Wolfson and Hollywood effects house Spectral Motion (better known for the Hellboy films). It’s described as “a curvaceous, scantily clad woman covered in dirt marks and wearing a witch mask”, because: art. However, if the whole ‘robot stripper witch twerking’ thing wasn’t enough to leave you feeling greasy and unclean it also incorporates face tracking software so it watches you watching it. And this is through a “one-on-one basis in a mirrored room” - something that apparently “intensifies the importance of the gaze found throughout Wolfson’s work”. Or, you know, slowly freaks you out until you hammer on the door to be released.
Jordan Wolfson [David Zwirner Gallery]