Critical Writing Index

Technology with a twisted aura

So Toronto Computes!, Dec. 1989, v. 5, no. 12, pp. 33-35

Laura Kikauka's Funny Farm merges the trappings of a typical 1950s household with modern technology, infusing televisions, sofas and vacuum cleaners with human qualities not normally associated with inanimate objects. In this topsy-turvy world, a sofa is able to express opinions, babies are mechanized, a video terminal becomes terminally ill and robots make love. Kikauka's installation is a performance that invites audience participation, asking visitors to consider their perception of technology and the role it plays in their lives. Funny Farm challenges the idea that technology is incompatible with art and the notion that modern technologies are impersonal and insensitive by definition rather than by design; it also foregrounds the technological systems at work, and which we have come to accept, within the domestic, familial realm.

ITEM 1989.085 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Funny FarmLaura Kikauka