Date of Submission

Spring 2013

Academic Program

Studio Arts

Project Advisor 1

Julianne Swartz

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Aaron Strauss

Senior Project Statement

April, 2013

I care about stuff

All the pieces have an identifiable flaw, quirk in their interaction with the world. Their actions are consistent to themselves but inconsistent with their surroundings, social groups, institutional status. Defined by Wikipedia, “A robot is a mechanical or virtual artificial agent”, and “an agent is one who acts for, or in the place of, another, by authority from him; one entrusted with the business of another”. When I say 'robot' I mean it in this way. They have these issues but only on telegraphed business, whim, or reflection.

I care about stuff. This causes problems. Often. All the work is some problems. Problems I have, problems you have. Problems I have with your problems that you have with me.

They are imagining some problems.

I care about stuff. Usually. I like to touch things. The work here is all ways of touching. A touch is a real, physical, quantifiable event. Each touch is also a subjective, interpretable, ephemeral moment. The touch can be familiar, distant, accepted, unacceptable, etc.

They just keep doing that.

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