OBJECTS OF HUMAN AUTOMOTION
The series concerns mobility, identity, sustainability and the environment in post industrial societies.
The era of the machine coincided with the eve of Modernity, however, since the beginning of time, human locomotion has been fueled by the needs of working learning, and self-recreating.
Auto-motion, both in Fordism and post Fordism eras, has been indeed the invention fulfilling the aforementioned needs and has led to the creation of urban landscapes and lifestyles in league with the depletion of nature. So valuable has been the use of a car in our everyday life that one can now assert that how we commute, or what we drive equals to how we live.
The UAE is a highly populated, under construction, modern city with sustainable mindset but at the same time it is home to millions of automobiles and affordable oil prices. This means a lot of commuting, a great amount of private and public vehicles (1 car per 2 residents plus thousands of working vehicles) and numerous auto-parts traded and consumed for the cause.
Auto-parts are the living organs of our automobiles and make auto-motion an everyday reality. Although we use cars extensively in our daily lives in the UAE, we rarely wonder how these auto-parts look like after use. My work is concerned with showing these objects as bewildered and uncanny. Machine like things able to tell their own version of human Auto-motion and enter into discourses on mobility, identity, sustainability and the environment.