Robot’s last dance: Ballettikka Internettikka Antarcttikka

Ballettikka Internettikka
Internet Ballet by Igor Štromajer & Brane Zorman
2001 – 2011

Ballettikka Internettikka is a series of tactical art projects which began in 2001 with the exploration of Internet ballet. It explores wireless Internet ballet performances combined with guerrilla tactics and mobile live Internet broadcasting strategies. The 10-years project ends in 2011.

After invading various places, institutions and contexts around the world, Štromajer and Zorman will perform the ultimate Ballettikka Internettikka action, a complex intimate act of abandoning the final robot in the eternal ice of Antarctica.

Robots often cry – why shouldn’t you?

Summer 2011 preliminary test: the robot spent the whole night (12 hours) in a freezing compartment (set on -17°C) of the refrigerator, and survived!

The act of abandoning is one of the most intimate, personal and merciless deeds, a deed which is at the same time purifying, direct and even reconciliatory. Abandoning activates many emotions, traumas and frustrations, both for the one who abandons and for the one who is abandoned. The ultimate abandoning is the act of ultimate liberation: if you love something, set it free! Štromajer and Zorman will therefore abandon their last favourite Silverlit R/C Program-a-BOT robots (36€ in retail) in the loneliness of the Antarctic ice.

Ballettikka Internettikka Antarcttikka is the ultimate Ballettikka Internettikka (10 years: 2001-2011)!

“We shall fight them on the beaches. We shall fight them on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.”
(W. Churchill)