Melancholy and the Violence of Inanimacy, Part 2


SRL – A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief (1988)

Runtime: 13 mins
Directed by Jon Reiss

Like all SRL machines, this monster groans and creaks with the cries of distressed humanity, but it’s impossible not to also read the tormented rodent in the same way, as a metaphor for beleaguered humankind in a hopeless world. This work mocks the repeated rituals for which robots were originally designed, as they engage in more violent but equally wrenching variants on the myth of Sisyphus 

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