Rubbish Robots

Rubbish robot 1

A presentation of a selection of rubbish robots that could move around spaces and interact with viewers.

This piece of work is about rethinking our relationships with disposable objects.

We are surrounded by these objects in every day life. Some objects might be more important, others less important. We may discard them, which make them become this thing called “rubbish.” Then we forget about them. These insignificant objects carry on their life as “waste” without us paying much attention to them. What happen to them afterwards? They would be forced to create a society and live together, like stray cats or dogs on the streets. They all come from different backgrounds, but now live together in the same environment. So if they can live, move, interact with each other’s paths and territories, this would be how they live. The action of a human throwing rubbish into a bin forces the rubbish to live in a new space, to create a new society and have a new life with other rubbish in the same bin.

But what if they could actually be alive? What will happen once they’ve been brought out of the bin?

The rubbish robots are made out of rubbish collected from bins from the London, Euston area. It is a place where I spend much of my time making arts. Accumulating an impressive and varied horde of “rubbish”, I experimented with my new subjects: attaching and testing motors, batteries, observing my new creations. After I concluded my research, motor and battery sets from sex toys were attached to 20 different pieces of rubbish for performance purposes. Some of my creations were then sprayed with black paint to imitate marks, such as those left by discarded spilt tea or coffee.

When performing and settling loose my minions, I travel with a large black bin to various public locations such as stations or galleries. I proceed to seemingly take rubbish out of a bin and scatter it around… only to shock the audience with my robots suddenly coming alive!