Teamwork w/ Chester Dols | Ongoing Project since 2017
Leaving one’s mark in a place and time has been an intrinsically human act dating back for millennia. As civilization developed, the act of leaving one’s mark became a form of defacement as other forms of creating were quickly canonized within society for their inherent utility (i.e. architecture, crafts, poetry, etc.).
Graffiti street art and tagging became a tool for leaving one’s mark and claiming territory within public space, but operated outside society’s laws of property ownership. Graffiti, the modern form of leaving one’s mark, became a destructive taboo within inner cities.
deFACEment tries to explore this idea of leaving one’s mark, not as a destructive force, but as a constructive act. How does the process of leaving one’s mark invoke new ideas or add to previous content? What does it mean to give a robot the ability to leave its’ mark and create or deface when most robots are designed to assist or streamline human performance and ingenuity. We hope to give a robot character and a sense of humanity through the act of leaving one’s mark.
Hand Paintings found in Cueva de las Manos is Santa Cruz, Argentina, 10,000-38,000 BCE.