Voltron’s Corpse – Countdown to Yuri’s Night


Voltron’s Corpse

Wed. March 27 – Sat. May 4, 2013
WIP Gallery, Artisphere
Curators: Jared Davis and Andrew Wodzianski

More information: http://outofthisworldparty.com/home.html
The Countdown to Yuri’s Night Event – April 13 – 8PM

Fifteen artists commemorate the anniversary of the first human spaceflight (known as Yuri’s Night), while addressing space exploration’s transition from a mission of man, to a mission of robots. Fusing the early 20th century parlor game “Exquisite Corpse” with the pop culture sensibilities of the late 20th century, these artists have accumulated a factory floor of interchangeable robotic segments. Segments on canvas will be assembled and reassembled throughout the WIP Gallery in regular intervals, creating an astronomical amount of robot configurations!

When asked for further explanation, Davis and Wodzianski disintegrated into pixels, leaving behind a metallic tablet dated 2113 with the following text:

LOG ENTRY: 101010101100011
DATE: 76 A.S.A.
TOPIC: HOMO SAPIEN HISTORY
SUBJECT: HOMO SAPIEN PRODUCED VISUAL IMAGERY
DETAIL: VOLTRON’S CORPSE

SUMMARY: 2013 A.D. 38.8951°N 77.069955°W Implementing a 1918 A.D. assembly technique, fifteen Homo sapiens exhibit visual imagery that accurately predict their year 3013 and the Age of Self Awareness.

1918 A.D.
Homo sapien image producers, “Surrealists,” enjoy a parlor game they title “Exquisite Corpse.” A producer draws an object on paper, and folds the sheet to reveal only a few extended lines. From these marks, another producer develops a second drawing, folds the sheet again, and passes along the expanding work. The finished product is a collaborative image that mirrors the disjointed, juxtaposed, and rapidly changing reality of the Homo sapien’s early modern age.

1985 A.D.
Homo sapien moving image producers create fictitious programming titled “Voltron.” “Voltron” is the eponymous super robot of an anime series that features a team of Homo sapiens, known as the Voltron Force. The team’s individual vehicles join together to form the giant super robot, with which they defend the galaxy from evil. Initially produced as a joint venture between World Events Productions and Toei Animation, the original programming series airs in syndication from September 10, 1984 to November 18, 1985. The programming is titled Voltron: Defender of the Universe.

2013 A.D.
Homo Sapien image producers and curators assemble unstable visionaries to depict the year 3013. Implementing both “Exquisite Corpse” and “Voltron” devices, the resulting exhibit is the earliest recorded document predicting the interchangeability of the Age of Self Awareness.

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