Hugging sculpture - Selfie hug

Interactive sculpture
90 x 60 x 155 cm
Construction wood, iron, bed springs, steel bars, electro motor, selfie stick, camera- mobile phone tripod, neon lamp

The selfie hug is an interactive mechanical (low tech) sculpture that is started off by a person hugging it and pressing it with their body- leaning on it and then pulling themselves closer to it with their hands. The device responds to pressure by returning the hug and starting to vibrate. The user can put their mobile phone on the selfie-stick trypod, and the sculpture will take their selfie in the moment of the hug.
The person is “hugging themselves” and taking their selfie at the same time.
At the current time of overload, hurry and scurry, rivalry and interpersonal alienation it seems that human behavior is marked by the paradox of a profound split between introversion and the need to belong.
Fear of the real world and intense dwelling in the virtual lead to obliviousness to real communications and ways of how to renew it, how to take part.
Does our body know if we are hugging a real person or a machine?
The idea that Hugging Sculpture is designed as a product that could be put on somewhere in business premises and that employees could use it to balance their emotional needs is a partially comical and cynical commentary on today’s society.

The work was produced in association with „uradisamARTLAB“ ( Kontejner, Croatia)