Tobias Revell (GB)

ARTIST TALK 1. STELARC & TOBIAS REVELL

Tobias Revell is a committed artist and designer who works with film, mixed media and sculpture, but he is also being heard as a theorist, giving lectures, writings essays and papers. In his most recent work, he focuses on the interplay between mythology, magic and contemporary technology. During STRP Biënnale 2017 he shows The Finite State Fantasia (a co-production between STRP, Artefact and the University of Leuven), a mapping robot installed in the exhibition space. Instead of seeing the machine as a discrete object from the outside, visitors are presented with a representation of its senses; its flickering infrared trails and ultrasonic locators. The Finite State Fantasia draws out the dissonance between the ‘magic’ of technology and the technical reality by showing us how the trick is done, while simultaneously re-representing the seemingly supernatural machine sensorium.