Updated 26.10.2023

12 January 2011

Attack from Mars - Humanity at Risk!

We are the Robots

Spotted this on in/camera's Flickr photostream. "Industrial robots from Audi's manufacturing line, used in an installation called Outrace by Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram. Trafalgar Square, London."

Sure, it's an installation, but it's not exactly a barnstorming, humanising portrait of the automobile industry. Cars already suffer from a distinct lack of humanism and have bred societal segregation for decades. Now we see the monsterous robotic equipment that makes them fill up Trafalgar Square.

A momument to technology.

A threat to liveable cities and the people who inhabit them.

(Although it wouldn't be the same if the installation featured a couple of relaxed, soft-spoken guys at a table in the middle of the square, welding metal tubes together in a diamond shape, threading spokes and polishing a newly, constructed bicycle.)