Saturday, May 3, 2014

monkey gone to heaven, digital project at the National Museum Cardiff


We'll all take turns I'll get mine, too
This monkey's gone to heaven.
Monkey Gone to Heaven, The Pixies

Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis work collaboratively as Future Retrieval, the monkey sculpture they created for (Im)material Artefacts looks like it has just raided an antique shop. The monkey is balancing a teapot on his head, a greyhound ornament rests gracefully between his legs, and it is clutching an Egyptian shabti and an archaic rider figure in his big hands. The monkey is a 3D scan of a battered automaton Parker and Davis found in an upstate New York antique mall, his loot is made up of 3D scans of ceramic artefacts from the National Museum Cardiff.
“We are often drawn to grotesque mannerist figures” Parker explains “the moving monkey automaton looked beat up, unfixable, pathetic, but saveable.”
The title Monkey Heaven was inspired by a pop song by the Pixies; by infusing artefacts with contemporary meaning Future Retrieval are making old objects relevant and tying them into present-day culture. “We are searching to reanimate old tattered things, to make them precious,” explains Davis. “Although our work can be quite funny we are respectful towards the objects we work with, towards their histories,” Parker explains, “we do not want to destroy or humiliate.” Davis agrees, that the objects they gather and work with are more than mere props and shapes; “we have respect for the material and subject matter we work with, we riff[1] off the objects.” The joy Future Retrieval have in their work shows in the finished pieces; “maybe I’m the monkey” Davis muses “and I’m in heaven, juggling with these objects, celebrating these things from the past.”

Read More about the project here http://immaterialartefacts.blogspot.co.uk/

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