I Wanted To Be A Human

A performance with Katya Damyanova
in National Polytechnic Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria, 03.02.2006. Courtesy of the artist

The term robot comes from the Czech word 'robota'. From a practical point of view, the robot is a mechanical device that performs tasks either under direct human control, or partial control under the guidance of a human being, or completely autonomously. "R2D2", "C-3PO",
"Threepio" from "Star Wars" (1977), The Tin man in the Wizard of Oz (1939), Robbie from "Forbidden Planet", the first 'metal-man' with a character and sense of humour charachteristic for an Earth-man 'Hal-9000' from '2001: A Space Odyssey' in (1968), The fembots of Electronics "(ElFilm.narod.ru) represent just some of the mega popular images of robots in the film industry, aggressively revealing the human desire to overpower violently the artificial intellect, to persuade it to imitate the mind and image of its own creator.
Anthropocentric, humanitarian posiitivist propaganda, subordinates to its needs the potential and freedom of its creation, turning it into a perfect slave.
With the campaign "I wanted to be a human being" Ultrafuturo symbolically takes a small part of the guilt to the big Other.


IT’S a cold Sunday evening in Sofia. The kind of evening when most people are putting another log on the fire and settling in for a cosy night. But for a handful of people scattered across the world, other plans are afoot.

In the yard of the National Polytechnical Museum, Sofia, a group stands in the snow, gathered around the dying embers of a fire. Protruding from the ashes is a wheel; look closer and you can make out the charred remains of a metal carcass that looks strangely like that of a robot. And indeed it is, for today is International Robot Day, the brainchild of “Bulgaria’s most radical group”: the Ultrafuturo group.