OMISSIVE ART by Igor Štromajer
Reality is not given. It has to be constructed.
Project Room: The Black Box Museum Project / Memoria
Artists: Katarina Zdjelar, Zoran Todorović, Bojan Fajfrić, Igor Štromajer | Curated by Milan Tutunović
Venue: CRAC - Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète
In collaboration with: Kawenga Espace Culture Multimédia, Montpellier, France
5 November 2010 - 30 January 2011
Igor Štromajer has placed an (almost!) autonomous robot in the gallery, to observe, to monitor and to document the exhibition. The robot was walking/driving around the gallery, streaming live video and taking photos from different positions. These actions were carried out in two different ways: either automatically; or controlled remotely by the author from any location worldwide. The project aimed to create an independent and automated observer that inhabits an exhibition space and constantly sees, observes and documents the space from its own perspective, automatically and repeatedly. Thus, the robot was simultaneously a part of the exhibition and a mobile intruder, a parasite. The robot itself did not do any artistic action. It did not produce any art, nor was it a work of art. The only artistic value of the robot’s actions in the gallery was the absence of art in its very actions. Therefore, the robot performed an artistic action by not performing any artistic action. Its basic mission was not to do art. As a machine, it did an art work by not doing it. The most radical artistic action a robot/an artist can do today, is the one it/she/he does not do.