Survival Machines Within the Machine for Living In

Clay, angobes, glaze, 1020°C

H – 52 cm


This work was inspired by the book “Towards an Architecture” (Le Corbusier, 1923) and “The Selfish Gene” (Richard Dawkins, 1976). In his book Le Corbusier presents the idea of a building as a machine, designed to accommodate life, while Dawkins hypothesizes that individuals are machines which serve the survival of genes. These two ideas come together in my own work: the human, a machine necessary for the gene to survive, interacts with the machine intended to be lived in – an architectural object. The subject and the object lose their distinction, merge into a unified whole because they are both, after all, only machines.