Time Icon No I: Past – Present – Future

The apocalyptic power struggle between man and machines

Artist Statement:

In a time when I perhaps no longer exist, after every pointless war has been fought and lost, and the superpowers that were the USA and China have reverted to what they once were at their core – the Americans to their honourability and the Chinese to their sense of harmony – humanity will experience a quantum leap in evolution.

PAST PRESENT FUTURE is the representation of the third technological revolution and the age of robots. These robots, created by humans, are shaping our future, but it is a future in which the new war for equality now rages between the creator and the created.

The large wooden cabinet doors illustrated with the image of the Terracotta Army open to reveal 30 integrated robot toys marching in line in front of the Chinese flag, inspired by the power struggle between money, man and machines.The historical relevance of the Time Icon Past Present Future gives it a continual increase in value. Imagine, it is an artwork that I produced in 2001 to the disbelief and chagrin of my followers and it remains relevant today as we continue to grapple with the impact of technology on society.

As Michael Goedhuis has noted: “China is the only civilization, the only empire that has ever asserted itself and then returned to the epicentre of the world stage. China has risen again. The 21st century is in fact their century. Thanks to this new revival of national self-confidence, we have a new cultural world overflowing with music, dance, opera, design, architecture, philosophy, poetry and film. This is the new China. Citizens are aware of the fact that China is becoming a dominant reality for the rest of time".

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My Time Icon No. I: Past – Present – Future

Polyptych – Installation on wheels with sound and movement

Diptych Outer gates: Terracotta Army

Triptych Inner gates: Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Interior: 30 robots in front of the Chinese flag

Mixed Media: Acrylic colours, wood and 30 toy-robots

Without base: H 220 cm x W 174 cm x D 38 cm

With base: H 235 cm x W 200 cm x D 80 cm