Love Machine

Installation for the 2nd edition of The Young Blood Initiative, Love Machine, at Mix Tree (OT301), Amsterdam.

“por una parte tan anarquista mística (…)
por otra lo natural me hace mucho daño así que
me gustaría tomar cuatro pastillas al día para comer
lo artificial funciona mejor siempre que funciona claro
el amor entre dos máquinas es magnífico
el amor entre dos máquinas sería lo más puro
los humanos no podríamos alcanzar nunca ese nivel de pureza
el amor no es puro
por eso las máquinas no se enamoran”.
(Own note, quiero ser una cyborg, from June 2009)

LOVE MACHINE by María Sempere Valdecantos
Rope, wool and cables.

The installation aims to be a poetic reflection on how we (mis)understand “love”. And, personally, I want to use it as a public confession for having occasionally killed myself in search of that extremely powerful, mysterious, ambiguous and yet essential feeling.
The main structure, symbolizing a living being, has been reinforced with pieces and plugs of electronic devices in order to maximize human efficiency and to avoid the suffering that “love” -ultimately, living- cause us (or we think it causes us) many times.

And so it happens: Faithful to machine principles, skipping the natural process of growing that would allow the structure to reach everything wished, the cyborg which has been created achieves successful and immediately its task by sending those plugs away, now flying all over like kamikaze seeds, yearning to hopefully land on the proper spot and make the desired (love) connection.

The human part though, now gazing at such an unusual spectacle, is bleeding, breaking apart, being isolated and coldly killed. And, even so, in a last weak attempt, the human part keeps on thinking that the pain it is now feeling is because of the love it has not been able to get.
Do not kill in the name of love. Love yourself.

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