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Them Fucking Robots

Laura Kikauka

1988, 02:50 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 257.03

The work consists of two robots which simply make love. The action is both simple and complicated because love-making is really a complex activity. Cycles within and between two beings lock and unlock: heart, gut, lungs, muscles and genitals.
It would have been easier to have made two machines which crank away blindly like oil derricks or sewing machines, but this would hardly have done justice to human sex. Instead, they have tried to endow their machines with the ability to sense each other's moods, responding more or less in kind - sometimes leading, sometimes following, sometimes both lost in frenzy or daydream.
To ensure that the two partners come together as individuals, born of different backgrounds and inclinations, Laura and Norman built their respective machines separately and without consulting each other. They agreed upon only a few fundamental guidelines: (1) that both sculptures were to approximate full human scale; (2) that Laura would build the female and Norman the male; (3) that they would use a certain two-part electro-mechanical device to represent the sex organs.
Created in separation, the two robots also have separate "lives": they plug into the wall separately and have no wires crossing between them. At best, each machine can only guess the other's current state of arousal. And yet, of course, TFR aspires to be a single sculpture. The underlying duality only heightens the importance of that oneness.

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