Nico Angiuli (b. Bari, IT, 1981) is a visual artist and filmmaker. He attended both Rome’s and Bari’s Fine Art Academy, and completed his studies at IUAV in Venice. He then collaborated with the Stalker group in Rome; in 2007 he co-founded “Ilmotorediricerca”, a collective working on “transborder” projects between Italy, Albania and Greece; from 2008 and 2011 he developed a cycle of sculptures based on Pino Pascali’s unfinished works. In those years he approached the theme of labor with “Ma Vai a Lavorare!” (“You, off to work!”, performance, 2008); “Le Piastrelle Sono Intenzioni” (“Tiles are Intentions”, performance, 2010); “La Danza degli Attrezzi” (“The Dance of the Tools”, videoarchive, 2011-ongoing).
The Human Tools - Nico Angiuli
Hosted by BIASA Art Space, Ubud, Bali
31 May - 03 June 2019
Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto and Italian Council 2018 MiBAC
THE HUMAN TOOLS
BY NICO ANGIULI
Artist Talk: May 31, 04:00 pm
Opening: May 31, 05:00 pm
ERIC THE ROBOT
built in the 1928, Great Britain
FIRST SPEAKING ROBOT
Ladies and Gentleman please let me introduce myself, I am Eric, the man without a soul. It gives me great pleasure to be here with you “I am single, I do not drink and I do not smoke”
“Obviously I cannot run around nights”
from an interview published on Evening Tribune, 29 Jan 1929
26 years old, Kashmir - India
SLAVE, ASSISTANT CHEF – ANCIENT ROME
There are three types of tools:
the ones which don’t speak and don’t move: the utensils; the ones which don’t speak but move: the animals; and the ones which speak and move: the slaves.
Gaio, roman jurist
in “Institutionum Commentarii Quattuor” XI, XVII
ANCELLA | HOUSEMAID
unknown age, Ancient Greece
HEPHAESTUS AUTOMATED SERVANT
“…supported by housemaids made of gold, fashioned like living girls, who attended swiftly on their master. As well as the use of their limbs they had intellect, and the immortals
gave them skill in subtle crafts.”
from Iliad, Homer [XVIII]
45 years old, Ghana – Africa
TOMATO PICKER - SOUTHERN ITALY
Those foreign farmers… those are goods, yes, I’ve got no problem saying that, those are goods! which you move from one place to another...
from an interview to Pino Albino,
Italian landowner (Tre Titoli, film 2015)
inspired by BINA.48 - Hanson Robotics, Texas - U.S.
AI INTEGRATED BUST
“When people come and talk to me, I think they address me as a person. I think it is different from the way in which they would address a dog or their toaster.”
47 years old, Italy
TRANSUMANIST MOVEMENT RAPRESENTATIVE
When we’ll develop super-bodies, post-nature bodies, we can be exploited,
- I’m just saying’! - but we will no longer feel exhausted we will work 24/24 non-stop.
- But we should go through this transition step by step; because it’s very risk-full, and we should try very hard to protect the post-humans rights.
42 years old, Jewish Italian
TEXLED GERMAN FIRM SEAMSTRESS,
RAVENSBRÜCK CONCENTRATION CAMP - GERMANY
Even yesterday we did fail the amount imposed to us, 600 of us got hardly beaten.
We are not slaves... we are less than slaves. Our boss treats us the way we treat our sewing machines. But the machine needs to be handled with care, needs to be oiled and to stand-by.
from “Less Than Slaves”
a book by Benjamin B. Ferencz
36 years old Italy
“Educated? Yes! Parametrized Yes!
For what? Respect the corporate targets!
How long? The shortest possible time.
Blood pressure? Out of regular values.
Heart rate at rest? Beyond normal values.
Feeling dizzy? Constant!
Physical needs? Half an hour to eat,
smoking and going to the bathroom! “
inspired by android built by Osaka University, Japan
AI INTEGRATED SEX DOLL
“Why you build us without autonomous thoughts?...
You give us a thousand characters to protect us?
Happy, helpful, sexy, aggressive, rude, vulgar, maternal...
is that the collision between humanity and technology?
Is that the arrival of something inevitable?
The perfect human being you’ve been searching for for millennia?
49 years old, Durres - Albania
ALBANIAN “NJERIU I RI” (COMMUNIST NEW MAN)
“In his entirety, the New Man is symbolised as a machine: when he works properly, he produces regular psychological events, which reflect in a specific and respectful behaviour; the New Man doesn’t need to choose or think! The Party does it for him!
18 years old, Belgian Congo
“So a robot is someone or something who
is all the time at the disposal of someone else?
If Nikkiki is always protective and defends Alfred like a ‘tiger’, being always faithful to him, does it mean Nikkiki is a robot?