I don’t know why I like robots so much. Not real ones – they kind of freak me out. Although I am somewhat fond of the benign little Roomba that circles our house, sucking up cat fur and cracker crumbs. No, the ones I really love are the found object robots made from household junk.
A robot is defined as
- a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer
- a machine resembling a human being and able to replicate certain human movements and functions automatically (especially in science fiction)
- a person who behaves in a mechanical or unemotional manner
The word comes from the Czech word robota, meaning “forced labor,” and was first used in 1920. Synonyms for robot are: automaton, android, golem, droid.
Found objects robots are a new popular modern art genre created from combined and often modified found objects resulting in a recognizable figured piece in the form of a robot. The phrase found object originates from the French term objet trouvé, literally “found object.” Found objects can include any item with a non-art function like tin cans, old tools, household recyclables, kitchen utensils, vintage toys and games, automotive parts, and pretty much anything else you can imagine.