The HOME AUTOMATION project
In 2005, Karave received a loan from the US Defense Dept., of a crash test dummy. Years later, the moulds of that dummy would go on to be used in the creation of several foundry poured aircraft aluminum animatronic crash test dummies.
More than 30 artists in the USA and Canada, in the fields of sculpture, moulding and casting, sound, video, set design, digital design, interactive programming, and foundry arts, along with several actors and actresses, would collaborate to create the Home Automation project.
Karave would eventually create one of the most unusual robotic art installation/performances in the world - the final result - a life size metal crash test dummy family that reacts in a musical dance, to the color code threat alerts they experience on their projected home TV.
Mesmerize yourself in the world of an anxious family of animatronic crash test dummies as they begin to musically smash into themselves, the family reacting to disintegrating color code threat alerts on their home TV. In 'Home Automation' the robotic family's televisual trance turns into musical rhythmic metal.
In 2006, the Home Automation project was supported by Edward Albee, America's greatest living playwright.
In 2007, with 80,000+ spectators in attendance, and performing beside bands such as The Police, Tool, and The Flaming Lips, The Home Automation project is given one more chaotic upgrade : the addition of pyrotechnics. As the family of dummies watch rising color code threat alerts on their projected home TV, the scene turns into circuit breaking flames.
"While we understand that our leaders need a system of communication, we contest its experiment on the civilian population. We simply have no use for the color codes other than as an object of our fears." -David Karave
Not a Brave New World
"Mayan prophecies, melting worlds, and terror fear are too fashionable. Y2K seems like it was a thousand years ago, forgotten. But prophecy can be self fulfilling, fear of science turns the world into a frightful place."
According to Karave, "We create the things that we're looking for. Nothing physically happened to you when you were packing in a hundred gallons of water or crouched in that homemade bomb shelter, surrounded by gas masks and canned goods, but mentally, your own personal apocalypse was assured."
SUCCESS! On January 27th, 2011, citing the people's wide disappreciation of the vagueness within the alert system, the US government declared an end to the color codes! I am proud to have been one of many artists whose voice was heard. Freedom, peace and liberty can prevail, if we want them all enough.
The Home Automation
Producer of the Montreal Debut :
Video Artists :
Christopher Payne (aka Dr. Payne) and David Karave
Robo-Mechanics on Wrist Motion &
Catapulting Couch :
Foundry Artists :
Josh Dow and Lauren Holmgron
Graphic/Web Designers :
Jeffrey Hill and Kevin Pesenecker
David karave, Christopher Payne, and Alex Swanson
Robotic Art Advisors :
Simon Laroche and Martin Peach
Alex Swanson and Elana Ruth
Sound Editor :
Original music :
Moulding & Casting Artists :
Chang Wan Wee and David Karave
Wax Cast Model for Mother Dummy :
Master Carpenter, Montreal :
Stagehands, Moving Crew, Painters, Carpenters
Owen Eric Wood
Home Automation Crew, Bonnaroo Festival:
Voice Actors :
In addition thank you to the following
organisations and individuals who have saved me
in times of need:
Edward Albee, and the Edward Albee Foundation
CIAM : Centre Interdisciiplinaire des Arts Mediateque
General Dynamics Corporation
Denton ADT corporation
THANK YOU DEARLY TO ALL MY FRIENDS,
AND FELLOW ARTISTS...
Our hard work has created something so
worthwhile, this project belongs not to me but to all of us,
it is a candle in the dark, remember that the crash test baby
just laughs at the TV, and with people like us, with hard
work, and great art, the world is still ours,
Love has always, and will forever, overcome fear.
Peace and love, your friend always... David Karave