Electronic baby swing, polyurethane resin, cable binders, display clips, brain stress relievers, mirrored glass drops, downpipe filters, protein model render, power magnets
Courtesy: Katja Novitskova & Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin
Katja Novitskova’s sculpture Swoon Motion consists of the exposed frame of an electronic baby swing with additional objects attached. The swing can reproduce a mother’s heartbeat and sing children’s songs—and its movements seem uncannily human-like. Novitskova considers the role of service robots in the future that could accompany people from cradle to grave in the most literal sense. In Swoon Motion, themes of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and plastic are brought together in a way that exemplifies the focus of the exhibition “alien matter.” At the same time, this work which reflects Novitskova’s current interest in robot aesthetics, makes reference to her earlier work: a computer-generated image of a protein model covering the swing alludes to the “circulationist” work using images from the Internet, which brought her to prominence as an artist.