”Gun, wherever you go 2”
in frame of ”Cracow Art Salon” Art Palace (Pałac Sztuki), Plac Szczepański, Kraków, Poland, 2019
The starting point for the creation of this work was the observed and still well-established hierarchy, domination and violence occurring at every level of relations or social realities, present in the so-called tradition and culture.
My pistol is a replica of the Czech Scorpion machine gun, enlarged to 3 m × 2 m × 80 cm, also used for plastic bullets, as well as used in paintball and virtual games. The sound of a humming song from the installation’s author comes out of the barrel of my submachine gun. It is the famous composition of Charles Dumont with a text by Michel Vaucaire from 1956, then recorded by Édith Piaf entitled “Je ne regtrette rien” (I don’t regret anything).
The Gun / Wherever You go… through its form of an enlarged shape of a gun is a presentation of two states – fascination and violence. Both are ubiquitous in today’s culture and communities, e.g. in games. This virtual world is a reflection of the real one, but by no means has it been improved. It is equally flawed. Hence The Gun is an ironic comment on the theme of the significance of homo sapiens.
The second version of “Gun” is a steel structure with slightly changed proportions: 3 m × 2 m × 70 cm. Currently, this is an interactive work, consisting – in addition to the metal structure with the possibility of its assembly – from the programmed Arduino micro-controller with an overlay (shield) that can play audio files, and a motion sensor. The motion sensor automatically turns on the audio file when motion is detected.
The gun is covered with a black stretch film, which resembles an image created from liquid petroleum (another element of economic dominance used, among others, for packaging. This material such as crude oil is a raw material resulting from decay and transformation of animal and of plant over hundreds of thousands of years. Our civilization squanders it without any reflection, generally “to smoke”, which then successfully us kills).
The shape of the gun is simplified, without roundness, raw, inspired by the game “Minecraft” – popular both among children and adults.
Technique: interactive sculpture, metal construction, black foil, polyurethane foam, micro controllers, motion sensor, speaker.