Milica Ružičić (RS) Kisser

Object, 2006

Kisser or the kissing machine is just another romantically conceived sculpture. It consists of a mechanism which mobilizes artificial lips made of latex, so that they perform a kissing movement. The machine operates mechanically and is very similar to a meat mincer. The work enables the visitor to mechanically kiss himself/herself if he/she has no-one else to kiss. The mechanism transferring the movement from the control handle to the lips is fully visible. This work is also an effort to fully overcome the barrier between the artwork and its audience.

The work raises the question of alienation and the prevailing loneliness resulting from increasingly complicated interhuman relationships. From film pornography and specialized shops which sell “all your unfulfilled dreams” all the way to virtual reality that should simulate real existence. All this enforces the increasing role of masturbation and self-sufficiency which only widens the already too wide a gap among estranged individuals.

What the market is still unable to satisfy is the need for tenderness, love and affection towards another human being. In a similar way, this machine seems to try to compensate for the missing tenderness but, just as any other machine, it is not very likely to succeed.

Milica Ružičić (RS)

Milica Ružičić was born February 19, 1979 in Belgrade. She graduated in 2005 from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Department of Sculpture, class of Mrđan Bajić. She is currently a graduate student at the same faculty. She is one of the founding members of the artists initiative Dez.org. She is the winner of the 2004 Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos Award, awarded by the Belgrade Center for Contemporary Art to young visual artists. She has had solo exhibitions in Belgrade and Vienna and participated in about 30 group national and international exhibitions. She has participated in workshops in Belgrade, Salzburg, Vienna, Berlin, Helsinki and participated in an artist residency in New York.