VOTARY | Temple von Gustavo Gomes

„Temple“ ist ein weiterer Teil der 3-teiligen Serie „Votary“, von dem brasilianischen Künstler Gustavo Gomes.

„Votary“, zu deutsch „Mönch/Nonne“ oder „Anbeter*in, beschäftigt sich mit der Faszination der Menschen, Abbildungen ihrer Selbst zu schaffen. Diese Abbildungen werden zu religiösen Körpern, die angebetet werden wollen. Sie werden von uns als eigenständige Dinge betrachtet. Wir sprechen ihnen Selbstverantwortung und eigenes Sein, also auch eine Eigenart zu. Wir geben ihnen dadurch Macht über uns.
Die Technologie und unser Umgang mit ihr nehmen ebenfalls diese Formen von religiöserer Anbetung an. Gustavo Gomes tanzt im Video zusammen mit biblischen Bildern und stellt so die Verbindung zu einer Anbetung dar. Es tanzt ein Ritual, um den Maschinen zu huldigen und sich ihnen würdig zu zeigen. Er tanzt so, wie es eine Künstliche Intelligenz von ihm erwarten würde. Doch die Technologie, die Maschine oder die K.I. ist eigentlich nur die Schöpfung. Es ist der Mensch, die Schöpfer*in dieser Technologie ist.

“Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods,[b] Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
Exodus 32. 02-04

This film departs from a place of replacing the sense of self responsibility onto an external body. A body that extend and transforms itself into an authority, being that an object of devotion, a golden calf and an artificial intelligent body.
From studying methods of increasing the autonomy of artificially intelligent robots and the crafting methods in the creation of iconic religious figures, Votary focuses on the human fascination on creating external representations of itself in the religious frames of devotion and in the frames of relief brought by current technological tools.
Human behavioural studies used as templates for how the “machine” should behave are the core movement research displayed in this series of solos performed by Gustavo Gomes and Anna Süheyla Harms. The body that relearns how to move from an artificial intelligence perspective on how human movement should be displayed. A body that is devoted and is going through a ritual of deliverance, it worships an apparatus, a wired metallic form.
Using biblical analogies such as the ritual sacrifices made in the Temple of Solomon, two bodies perform a ritual of bringing an offer for a creator made by the creation. They are in a place of worship, separated as their body twists, breaths, articulate and enters in trance states.
The split screen and the overlaying of found footage eludes to references of crosses, birth, doors and the entering into a spiritual place.

Votary is a three chapter series filmed in Langen Foundation and the KOLUMBA.

Directed and Choreographed by Gustavo Gomes
Performed by Anna Süheyla Harms and Gustavo Gomes
Costumes by Julia Misourny
Filmed and edited by Gustavo Gomes
Filmed at the Langen Foundation and KOLUMBA Cologne.
Spondored by the NRW Stipendium
Gustavo Gomes & Co. 2021

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