by Liat Segal & Assaf Talmudi
Does a machine, any machine, create alienation just by virtue of being a machine? The answer, as far as we are
concerned, is negative. The performance Heart for the Tin Man is a celebration of homemade machines, which have
nothing to do with usefulness or usability – in the sense we usually attach to these terms.
At the centre of the performance stands a large robot, painting enormous abstract paintings in acrylic. The robot paints on a large canvas in response to the human voices and musical instruments that surround it. The audio and visual structures are open, and only subordinated to the interaction between the robotic parts and the human playing.
Heart for the Tin Man was the opening show at Fresh Paint 5.
During the show Assaf Talmudi (accordion), along with our special guests Shlomi Shaban (piano) and Ronald Boersen (violin), played music which in turn activated the painting machine and twelve robotic drums.
The sound was translated automatically at real time to movements of the painting machine and the release of acrylic paint by four pumps.