disarming II

Emanuel Gollob

26 July 2023

Video Installation

disarming (2023) is a performative exploration of the relation between a detached robot arm, a gym mattress, and its human observers. A learning and unlearning of locomotions in less anthropocentric environments and times. The work playfully explores the ambiguity of disarming as a process of physical detachment and emotional attachment. 

Locomotion can be seen as a primal (post-birth) instinct and ultimate act of independence. In this work, a robotic limb, somehow detached from a human-constructed technological body, tries to find concepts for advancing movements even though it initially wasn’t made for locomotion – vulnerable yet determined. 

Parallel to a familiar dystopian plot of technological autonomy and the feelings going with it, witnessing these first clumsy tries may awaken compassion or even a certain emotional bond. 

Artwork included in the exhibition Millennials, the media art of Generation Y.