It’s hard not to smile while watching video of Serbian artist Dragan Ilic’s latest project, DI-2K4.
Part reimagining of Chaplin’s Modern Times and part terrifying portrait of our dystopian future, Ilic’s latest video features the artist getting twirled around by an industrial manufacturing robot while painting abstract marks on a large canvas. According to Ilic’s artist statement on DI-2K4, the project is meant to be a statement on the repetitiveness of industrial production as well as humanity’s increasing subservience to machines.
“The metamorphosis of the artistic work is positioned at a point where human and machine activity intersects,” writes Ilic, reflecting on the state of art today. “[This results] in an interaction that is essentially based on the need to transcend the limitations of the human body.”