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Oriel Factory presents new robotic installations by one of Wales’ foremost artists. Describing his practice as "the co-evolution of humans and machines", Granjon constructs robots, automata and musical instruments, showing them in performances and exhibitions internationally. Many of the extraordinary objects in Oriel Factory have been created by volunteers* working with Granjon in the Gallery’s 'factory' environment. Using electronic waste – discarded printers, VCRs, speakers, toys, computer circuit boards – as raw material, yesterday’s technology has been deconstructed and re-configured as new prototypes and artificial intelligence. An accompanying film documents the process. The exhibition also presents Granjon’s latest technological devices and drawings in which he explores the possibilities offered by home-manufacturing equipment and the high-tech devices of tomorrow’s world. Humorous and fun, Granjon’s practice triggers serious reflection upon our relationship with technology. In Oriel Factory he capitalises on the abundance of technological waste and creates an open space for playing, making, learning, thinking and sharing in a way that firmly belongs to the 21st century.
Oriel Factory, Paul Granjon, 10 September - 16 November 2011, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Powys
A documentary by Chris Keenan about the process of Paul Granjon's 'Oriel Factory' from start to finish is available here: http://vimeo.com/30187028. From an initial studio visit, to installation at Oriel Davies Gallery and performance by Paul Granjon at the opening event. With commentary from Paul Granjon and the 'Factory Workers'.
Arts Council of Wales; The National Lottery
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