Kal Spelletich (US) Sloth

installation, 2008

I have been thinking about a robot up overhead, tormenting and teasing its audience for years. How to use height, space, head space. Like a monkey or blackbirds dive-bombing, UFO's swooping overhead, why, even, a stealthy Sloth. Funnily, most of the inspirations are animals, if you include an alien as an animal.

So, this thing, overhead, somehow interacting with the audience. How? Flying, hanging, levitating, floating, swinging, hovering, falling, bouncing. A vine. I have made a chandelier swinging like a pendulum. Do you ever feel like time is hanging over your head, adding apprehension and dread to your life? Like it could just crash down and kill you at any moment? This hanging beast can push through a crowd, tempting them with libations, viewing and stalking them, shining a light on their indulgences, recording them.

Our global police state we live in getting worse every single day, more ubiquitous. Accepting it for our own good. Less civil rights, less privacy, more cameras, wiretapping, a global network to know-and-show-it-all. With cell-phone cameras, a whole generation aspiring to be on reality TV, a star on their myspace/facebook sites, surrendering their privacy. A sloth spy! A sloppy, slow-crawling obvious stalker who lures you with...whiskey. Its clumsiness. Maybe you won't mind being stalked if you are bribed with booze. How does man interact with a robot with personality? If you have nothing to hide, what are you worried about? Your vices?

Investigating gravity, which essentially arises when matter bends space and time. Time travel research is based on bending space-time so far that time-lines actually turn back on themselves to form a loop, known as a closed time-like curve. Wormholes and black holes represent a higher state or plane. Climbing to and from one such hole to another, passages, portals, entrances. Never getting any closer, like Sisyphus doomed to climb his mountain over and over. Passing in and out of states of grace, seeking or finding enlightenment – to the next level. The monitors showing the audience, placing them in the belly, the portal, the hole.

A fourth-dimensional loop, a paradigm shift, a portal to the next level, to find yourself, to the spiritual world, to ways of seeing the world on a deeper level.

Kal Spelletich (US)

I was born in an elevator and raised in Davenport Iowa (1960), the 7th of 9 children. Davenport was recently named “America's Worst Place to Live”. What a toilet. I was given a chemistry set at the age of 9, started blowing up aerosol cans in fires and experimenting with electricity and fire and fireworks about the same time. Started working at father's construction company once I could hold a hammer all day. I became interested in art and technology and “art that does things” at University of Iowa where I completed BFA in Interdisciplinary Art (1984). In 1989 I graduated from University of Texas at Austin in Media Art, MFA Interdisciplinary Art and got the hell out of there! In 1987 I founded SEEMEN, the collaborative effort of me and some forty technology inventors who enjoy building extreme machines and robots that they allow their audience to operate, who have since their formation presented more than 1000 performances and experiments throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. From 1991 till 1994 I worked with Survival Research Laboratories in Europe and the US. I'm currently exhibiting all over, mostly (still) in underground venues. I'm working with biomorphic inputs to trigger machines that give you a direct experience. I'm teaching at SF State and lecturing at other schools around the US. Among other my work is included in the collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Getty Museum.