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Metal Hearts

An installation exploring the blurred line between agency and autonomation.

Medium ⚒️️

  • aluminum, plastic (3D print), electronics

Year 🕒

  • 2013

Venues 🏛

  • Machine Project - Los Angeles, California
  • Calarts - Valencia, California


Metal Hearts consists of three nearly identical objects; in each, a bare solenoid strikes an aluminum-coated model of a human heart. A fundamental biological human process has now been automated by an electrical circuit serving as a reflection on human autonomy in light of technological progress. Collectively, the hearts beat in harmonic motion to delineate a mechanization of individuality.

Video documentation of the installation