Romancing the Anthropocene curated by
Ivan Jurakic and Crystal Mowry
Fight or fight, 2013
Can machines fight for what they want? In an automated tug of war played out in the arena of the Roy Thomson Hall artificial pond, animated fishing rods battle over their quarry. Theses mechanical performers are imbued with a desire to compete.
Can machines fight for what they want? Are water and electricity really such a bad mix? Fight or fight is a kinetic artwork that responds to these questions. The mechanical performers of Fight or fight are imbued with a desire to compete. Above all, they desire the prize.
In an automated tug of war played out in the arena of the artificial pond outside of Roy Thomson Hall, animated fishing rods battle over their quarry. The ‘fish' is a driver-less full size canoe, pulled helplessly to and fro by its pursuers. The hunters are patient, moving slowly, almost leisurely, biding their time... for the right moment... until their prey, exhausted, submits.
The rules of this game are indeterminate, yet these mechanized competitors stubbornly insist on playing simply because they know no other way. It is not altogether clear who wins, how or when, or whether there can even be a victor.
Suitable for all ages
Roy Thomson Hall pond, 219 King Street West
This project is outdoors.