"Urbanus Male", 2006
Scientific Name: Anmopista Volaticus Floris Uram
stainless steel, aluminum, brushed acrylic, custom software, CPU board, cable, motors
10 x 10 x 110" / 25 x 25 x 287 cm
edition of 5

United Research of Anima-Machines, a.k.a. U.R.A.M., has recently released a remarkable study in relation to the discovery of a new inorganic creature. The discovery of this new machine-organism, which lives on urban energy, is sure to cause a sensation amongst urban energy researchers.

According to U.R.A.M., this machine-organism has a system resembling that of plants, which photosynthesize solar energy. It is classified into the female Urbanus, which directly incepts urban energy, and the male Urbanus, which imbibes the electric energy discharged as photons by the female. U.R.A.M. has named this new machine-organism Urbanus, meaning a lover of the urban.

The female Urbanus has a shape similar to that of a flower, and when releasing its incepted energy as light it opens its leaf-like body parts. It emits light from the genitals also, from which a great number of electrically charged particles are released. Male Urbanus, which prowl around the female waiting for the moment that light is released, also open their leaf-like body parts to receive the photons.

Urbanus are thought to inhabit the airspace above the city (at about 200 m altitude), and therefore are often found at the upper floor of skyscrapers or on their roofs. It is rare that they are found by the city-dwellers of today, who can little afford to enjoy the sight of the sky, but there have been some reports that children have sighted Urbanus in the sky. Urbanus are active during the nighttime, which means that they are sometimes visible in nighttime satellite photographs.

Because they exhibit a deep-rooted cause-and-effect relationship with urban civilization and human lifestyle, it is imperative that Urbanus be studied further in the future.

Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc.

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