Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Can’t Help Myself, Kuka industrial robot, stainless steel and rubber, cellulose ether in colored water, lighting grid with Cognex visual-recognition sensors, and polycarbonate wall with aluminum frame, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2016
An enormous robotic arm, brandishing a giant squeegee, is poised over a pool of dark liquid which ceaselessly oozes outwards. With quick, smooth, aggressive movements, the machine performs a calculated dance, pivoting and dragging its squeegee across the surface in a perpetual labor of wiping the liquid back to the centre.
In Shanghai, there’s a famous garden called Yu Yuan a little bit behind the City God temple, near the Bund. The gardens are absolutely beautiful - they were built by a prince to honor his dead parents. They’re laid out in the Suzhou style, and are a must-see when you go to Shanghai.