In 2002, Felix Luque and I received a grant from
the Phonos Foundation and the I.U.A (Instituto Universitario del
Audiovisual) to develop a musical production based on new technologies.
Two years later, we presented the project as the Machine Manifesto
in the Metrònom Gallery as a live performance.
The Machine Manifesto is an interactive musical performance;
a reflection on the relation between human beings and machines.
The Machine Manifesto is composed of a series of mechanical
musical instruments or automatons, and directed by a conductor of
orchestra. These instruments, programmed to perform independent
tasks, follow by themselves the commands sent by the conductor via
image recognition software.
In its integrity, this work reflects the existing asymmetry in human-machine
relationship (conductor-instruments), providing a critical look
on the privileged position of machines in our society. The Machine
Manifesto explores the relation between man and machine; between
the "natural" world and the "mechanical" world; between the physical,
real and biological, and the technological, virtual and digital.
Such oppositions are a great source of conflict in western societies,
N/A - Media: Quadraphony System, Video Camera, Midi Interface,
Pic Microcontrollers, Video Wall, DVD players, Video Projectors,