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is a combination of cinema, theatre and violent robotics.
A family of crash test dummies interact with a television in
a theatrical walk-in living room environment.
These fearful crash test dummy robots are building a bomb shelter beneath their
living room. Arguments ensue between mother, father and child over who will
take responsibility for the work, when their talk is interrupted by the TV informing
them of a raise in the color code terror alert.
As the fears and anxieties of the robots increase, their bodies
are triggered by color changes on the TV, and the crash-robots begin to musically
smash into themselves.
Home Automation combines aspects of cinema, music, theatre and
robotics into one single violent, horrific, astonishing display. It embodies
the ideas of “Post 9/11 Crash Test Collective Consciousness”. In the wake of
9/11, we have all become metaphorical crash test dummies, habitually destroying
ourselves as we test our collective fears.
Karavechus is the creator of the Home Automation crash test robot project.
He is an American who was born in Providence, Rhode Island in
1977. In 2002, he moved to Montreal where he now resides. He has been a student
of theatre, cinema, robotics and sociology.
“I see great
possibilities in the creation of a new hybrid in the arts: electronic theatre
and three dimensional cinema, robotic actors in a cinema with four walls. Theatre,
puppetry and robotics embody the re-creation of ourselves as humans in greater
and greater likeness, and what follows is the sense of horror that we must experience
as we behold the re-creation of ourselves and our collective becoming into God.”