Project Space: Rebecca Ward
by Rebecca Ward
I started collecting images when I wanted to build a robot costume for Halloween. The amount of information available is a bit overwhelming (in terms of historical importance, type, genre, etc.), but ultimately I think the idea for a bot needs to come from within. My favorite source is a children's book I checked out from the library called Ultimate Robot.
The week following Halloween, this was my horoscope in the Austin Chronicle:
A top official at the European Robotics Research Network predicts that humans will "be having sex with robots" sooner than anyone expected—probably within four years. I hope this little shocker will help motivate you to follow my astrological advice for the coming week, which is to flee in the opposite direction of that trend. Start by phasing out any robotic, machine-like behavior that may have crept into the way you make love. For that matter, deprogram yourself of any automatic, lifeless habits that are infecting your approach to expressing intimacy, tenderness, and togetherness.
I became even more obsessed after I realized I was continuously encountering robots and robotic personalities on a daily basis.
I guess I am a little afraid of my own robotic tendencies. I can be rather obsessive-compulsive, and my work up to this point has definitely been machine-like (i.e. calculated number patterns, using weird mathematical equations, doing repetitive tasks, taping lines upon lines upon lines).
And I love the shininess…silver is so sexy.
Rebecca Ward is an Austin based artist whose work is included in New Art in Austin: 20 to Watch at the Austin Museum of Art, on view through May 11, 2008. She enjoys long bike rides, microbiology and mango flavored kombucha.