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Justin Playl
University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
Faculty Sponsor: Aristotle Georgiades

Cast Aluminum, wood, steel, aluminum extrusion, folding chair, gear motor, extension cord
18 x 18 x 30 inches.

Artist Statement

Inventing tools and machines is the quintessential human activity. I examine the hidden beliefs embedded in our technology by creating original machines that solve familiar problems in absurd ways or raise new problems and hopes. In this way, I subvert technology's ability to encode beliefs, designing machines that try to change civilization itself. I seek to imitate not only the appearance of genuine industrial products, but also their mode of production.