Tarim Machine from Gerrit van Bakel

Tarim Machine is the title of a piece of art from 1982 made by Dutch artisr Gerrit van Bakel. It once again raises, at least for me, the question, where does a robot begin?


Moves 18mm a day.

Maybe I am completely wrong here. (My Dutch isn't the best and the Google translation more confused me than everything, but maybe this what this art is about).
If I see it right, the Tarim Machine slowly wanders towards the land to a certain area in Tibet. The machine moves with a speed of 18mm a day and is somehow a counterpart of a rocket going there.

The Tarim Basin is an area north of Tibet, almost as large as Europe, and nobody knows that too. It is more than 1100 kilometers long, so those rocket goes there in an hour cross through it and my machine does more than 30 million years. So, imagine that the Tarim basin remains intact and that grandfather in his hut to his grandson says: You see there that machine, which is coming. You must say to your grandson that the hut what he builds, something has to be put to the left, otherwise the machine runs sprinkled over.

If I get the concept right...is this a robot? Some works on the border of art and installation raise interesting questions to discover new ways of doing robotics.

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Tags: art, outdoor, giving-birth
Feb_06:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

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