4/21/2017 - 9/3/2017

April 21-September 23, 2017, Wood Street Galleries is pleased to welcome robotlab.

robotlab works with industrial robots in public spaces. It explores the relationship between man and machine by means of installations and performances.  robotlab was founded in 2000 by Matthias Gommel, Martina Haitz and Jan Zappe.

The Bible Scribe

The installation ‘bios [bible]‘ consists of an industrial robot, which writes down the bible on rolls of paper.
The machine draws the calligraphic lines with high precision. Like a monk in the monastery it creates step by step the text.

Starting with the old testament and the books of Moses ‘bios [bible]’ produces within nine month continuously the whole book. All 66 books of the bible are written on rolls and then retained and presented in the library of the installation.

‘bios [bible]’ is focusing on the questions of faith and technical progress. The installation correlates two cultural systems which are fundamental for societies today – religion and scientific rationalism. In this contexts scripture has all times an elementary function, as holy scripture or as formal writing of knowledge.

In computer technology ‘basic input output system’ (bios) designates the module which basically coordinates the interchange between hard- and software. Therefore it contains the indispensable code, the essential program writing, on which every further program can be established.