Wang Zi Won
Wang Zi Won’s sculptures of meditating machines question what it means to be human. As Shin Seung-o, curator of the Dukwon Gallery, states: “Can an ‘I’ cloned from my genes be considered a human being? Is another man with the same appearance as me, me? Can a cyborg have human spirituality? If so, how do we see the human body?” But Won doesn’t see the future with dystopian anxiety. As Seung-o continues, “The artist predicts that in the future humans will evolve and adapt themselves to enhanced science and technology just as men and animals in the past evolved to adapt themselves to their natural circumstances. He sees the future as our destiny, not as a negative, gloomy dystopia. His work is thus based on neither utopia or dystopia. He represents the relations between man, technology and science through the bodies of cyborgs.” The works are about a machine named Z, a protagonist made after the artist himself. Can Z exist as a human being? The artist believes he can. Works both beautiful and thought provoking, to see more click here.
[photo credit - Tai Kim]