/ doubles

/ leftovers

/ body


Curated by Era Savvides

Famagusta Gate, Nicosia

BLOCKS is a transdisciplinary endeavour investigating the aesthetic conditions that arise from the intersection of digital media and artistic discourse. The exhibition brings together selected cypriot and international artists of divergent artistic domains, to present a collection of brand new works that will explore the 'geography' of robotic fabrication technologies and contemporary art.

As alluded to by the title, the material that ties together these commissioned works is the enduring weight of solid marble. Through robotics, material variation and manipulation of sculptural forms, the questions addressed by the exhibition extend far beyond the digital, critically reflecting on the emergence of new methodologies and transdisciplinary approaches.

Leftovers and Doubles are two projects that experiment with the production logic of the machine.

In Leftovers, found Thassos marble scrap pieces created by chance hack the system and enter the production line as protagonists. Through the process of (re)producing designless objects, the aesthetics of reality and chance are played off against the abilities of technology and the machine. In the process of rendering and milling using the same type of marble, the leftovers loose their scrapness and their level of detail; they become themselves in disguise while reentering the economy as ‘legit’ reproducible and valuable objects.

The video projection Body is a close-up on the choreography of the machine while producing a Leftover piece.

In Doubles, the machine entertains the idea of reproducing parts of itself. This conceptual hack is an experiment that aimed at forcing the machine to reduce its abilities. Six milling cutters set out to sculpt marble versions of themselves, each one by itself. Since they usually collaborate to produce something perfect, the process of milling alone yielded close but never exact, perfect replicas. This programmed failure, somewhat humanises the robotic supermachine, while it renders fragments of it visible.