Cybernetic Art


77 x 49.6 x 10.2 cm (30 5/16 x 19 1/2 x 4 in.)

A blue-painted box opens out onto a game board resembling a kind of pinball machine. Tetsumi Kudo’s DIY sculpture Cybernetic Art blazes a colourful, erotic trail. A phallus-shaped throttle, a vulva frieze, drops of sperm and bodybuilders’ silhouettes decorate this cybernetic game merging body and machine.

Humour and provocation are inherent to Kudo's work, which turns boxes of all shapes and sizes into a sarcastic metaphor for human life, enclosed from birth to death. The Japanese artist gives an account of the upheavals in contemporary society. In a series of game chests identical to Cybernetic Art, he mixes the body and the machine in a mechanised reproductive system and questions modern man’s behavioural and biological evolution.

Cybernetic Art was first exhibited by the Pinault Collection at the 2015 "Slip of the Tongue" exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.