BecomingWith (or the revised version of the Mechanical Turk) | PAULA GAETANO ADI
BecomingWith (or the revised version of the Mechanical Turk)

Performance/Installation (2009)
51’’ diameter – Variable duration
Media: artificial white fur, inflatable ball

 

Embodied and interdependent entities.
Or better said, the human and non-human in a new (artificial?) embodiment that does not accept definitions: the uncanny in-between.
And so, an inter/intra corporeality between different kind of bodies. 
And so, the enactment of the multiplicity. …
“or, simply, the subject and object shaping dance of encounters” (Donna Haraway). 


BecomingWith (or the revised version of the Mechanical Turk)
is an autonomous agent that interacts and responds to the viewers and the environment. The piece is composed of a white fur ball that perform a quite unexpected behavior: sometimes rolls around the space, other times it follows or retreats from the viewer or just stays shaking in the same place.

No technology was required in order to make this agent intelligent and capable of detecting the environment and then move in response to it. The artist, remains hidden inside the furry ball during the exhibition and is in charge of controlling all its movements –i.e; its intelligence and behavior.