To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll

IMG_9053Perhaps the most talked about work of art in Goshka Macuga’s exhibition To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll at the Prada Foundation is the life-size android. The android was designed by Macuga and built by A Lab in Japan. It speaks and gestures to visitors recounting various famous speeches. While completely mesmerizing, this is only on the first floor. The top floor of the exhibition contains even more robots. Five brightly colored tables topped with paper are evenly dispersed. Some tables contain nude figures after sex, while others contain little statuettes. But what all five tables have in common are intricate paper drawings. An explanation is offered on the last table when visitors can see two little robots drawing the pictures on the table. Macuga questions human existence, and uses robots to do so.

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