Machine-like and surprisingly inventive, this little robot creates objects out of molten plastic. The colourful mass oozes out of the robot’s beak like primordial liquid. The bulging cord winds spontaneously, forming curls and loops that solidify into a stable body. If the resulting object is large or heavy enough, it collapses over a mountain of individual mini-sculptures, pulling viscous threads. The technology is partly similar to that of a 3D printer; the nozzle from which the material is normally applied to a printing plate in precise movements protrudes into the air and spits out the molten material in a seemingly uncontrolled manner. In this way, the limited shaping process of 3D printing is broken up, which strongly influences the surface and haptics of the created objects. The material, otherwise associated with cheap disposable products, unfolds its valuable and changeable materiality and turns into artworks. At the same time, the process of creating these works conveys knowledge about the technical aspects of plastic recycling. Through an aesthetic experience, the relationship to the material is to be influenced and the public discourse on plastics promoted. The Work was realised within the framework of the duo’s EASTN-DC Residency at Cardiff Metropolitan University with support by the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.
Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler have been working as an artist duo since 2012 and graduated with distinction from the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach in 2017. They live and work in Offenbach, Germany.