"Varietal Urbanus Female, scientific name: Anmopista Volaticus Floris Uram" 2007
"Urbanus Female Larva, scientific name: Anmopista Volaticus Floris Uram" 2008
photo: KIOKU Keizo

These two art works are moving sculptures with flower, and insect motifs. The slow and fluent movement of these complex machines gives the impression, at first glance, of a life form created of organic compounds. The artist gave each a fictional scientific name (including his own name), and depicted the story of how he "discovered" them. Each are equipped with flower-like photosynthetic organs, and they produce luminescence from accumulated energy to attract the opposite sex. Through these sculptures and stories, you can approach the artist's conceptions of life and machines, heredity, and the future. This installation also has aspects of robotic experimentation: this sculpture, with its excellent craftsmanship and engineering, goes beyond the typical development process of top-down design, segmenting necessary functions in observance and emulates the mechanics of living organisms, unassumingly and succinctly demonstrating the latest approaches in robotics.

CHOE Uram Profile

CHOE Uram was born in Seoul, Korea in 1970. He graduated from the Dept. of Sculpture, College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University in 1992 (Earned an MA from the same university in 1999). He has been actively working since 1997, mainly in Korea.

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