Autoskinning: Passive Abduction No. 3
March 1 - April 13, 2002
Opening Reception: March 1, 2002, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
For Autoskinning: Passive Abduction No.3, the members of KIT are thinking about a car’s safety systems, particularly that these built-in devices such as seat belts and airbags presuppose the car’s own demise. While the body of the vehicle is crushed by sustaining the impact of an accident, the internal safety devices (ideally) protect and preserve the body of the passenger. The "mobile architectures" in Autoskinning consist of a number of suspended cocoons just slightly larger than a human body. Airbags and seat belt casings provide mouth, lung and limbs for the chrysalid body forms that are made from seat covers. These objects are crafted from the traces of disaster. KIT’s black humor not only pokes at the ethic of automobile safety systems but also references a web of global conglomerates, from the oil and auto industries to global politics where the "driver" it seems manifests more passivity than control.