Špela Petrič is a Slovene new media artist and scientific researcher who makes artistic experiments triggering anthropologic, psychological, and philosophical questions. In Miserable Machine, living mussels are lashed into a vase making machine. This miserable creature are suddenly shocked and prompted to move, scratching a design onto the vase. This cycle of the life and death of mussels reminds us of individuals under capitalism who live in the constant cycle of work and relaxation until death. The artist poses the sharp question whether it would be technologically, environmentally, and morally permissible to blatantly exploit another ‘living system’ in the name of bio-design.
Image rights: Copyright of the images: Hanneke Wetzer, Installation view at Nam June Paik Art Center