Wang Zi Wons Cyborg-Bodhisattva-Sculptures

Wang Zi Won aus Süd-Korea macht Cyborg-Skulpturen buddhistischer Bodhisattva. Ganz tolle Arbeiten, ich mag ja auch sehr die Bilder aus seiner Werkstatt, da muss man sich zwar wirklich lange durchklicken – asiatische Blogs können da echt lästig sein in dieser Beziehung, dazu später nochmal mehr, wenn ich was zu dem japanischen Blog mit 5000 Bildern mache, durch das ich mich neulich komplett durchgeklickt habe –, aber das lohnt sich. Jedenfalls: Wang Zi Won. Seine 2008er Skulptur mechanischer Augen hatte ich hier glaube ich auch schon, bin jetzt aber zu faul da rumzusuchen. Der Mann ist nach dem Infotext hier ein ziemlicher Spinner, aber ein Spinner nach meinem Geschmack:

“Can an ‘I’ cloned from my genes be considered a human being?” “Is another man with the same appearance as me, me?” “Can a cyborg have human spirituality?” “If so, how do we see the human body?” The artist Wang Zi Won’s work stems from these questions. Raising these questions, Wang sees the existence and meaning of future humans from a perspective different from the anxiety and fears of dystopian films and art.

The artist predicts that in the future humans will evolve and adapt themselves to enhanced science and technology just as men and animals in the past evolved to adapt themselves to their natural circumstances. He sees this future as our destiny, not as a negative, gloomy dystopia. His work is thus based on neither utopia not dystopia. Wang represents the relations between man, technology and science through the bodies of cyborgs.

Wang’s work begins from the birth of Z, a mechanical man. He refers to this man as a post human species, appropriating his own appearance and naming the mechanic man Z after his own name’s English initial. In his work, Z has proliferated and evolved in diverse modes. In his early work Z reflects the artist himself in human society, and appears as a protagonist or a baby. It is without doubt the artist himself, facing and playing with us, at the point where his most fundamental questioning begins. The question is whether Z can exist as a human being, and a machine with my spirit breaking away from the human body can be admitted as ‘I’ by others. Of course, the artist conceiving a utopian future can embrace this machine naturally, but it must be accepted by others.

Pensice mechanical Bodhisattva (via JWZ)