Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Warszawie
Artificial Human consists of three separate elements: a traditional wood carving of a figure of a young man to scale; a film documentation of the act of destroying it with a chainsaw; and a figure created from dismembered parts, not dissimilar to an anatomical dummy. Artificial Human is an experiment designed to investigate what emotions can be aroused by a physical interaction with a lifeless object resembling a human being. Can violent acts performed on an object be considered brutal? Or can it reveal the mechanisms governing representation and its effect on us? The work particularly focuses on the process of developing the sculpture and then destroying it, sacrificing it in order to gain a new quality. Alicja Symela's resulting work is ambiguous, provocative, subversive and self-mocking.