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Dora Budor: The Preserving Machine

EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo

  • 24.8.2022–2.4.2023

Dora Budor's work comprises a large space inside which a lone robotic bird flies. The bird’s trajectory is based on a motion vector derived from composer Magnus Lindberg's music score.


The title of the work, The Preserving Machine, is borrowed from a 1953 short story by Philip K. Dick in which people attempt to preserve classical music during a cultural collapse by encoding musical notes into animals. However, mutations in the animals render the musical works unrecognisable – nature and culture compete for existence. The installation forms a part of the In Search of the Present exhibition.

Dora Budor (b. 1984) is a New York-based Croatian artist known for her multidimensional and interactive installations that often challenge our experience and perception of space. Through the use of robotics and cinematic narrative techniques, she establishes a sci-fi-like feel to her work.

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EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art
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