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At a first glance, the machine animal collages by Nicolas Lampert may seem like relics from an antique, lost, scientific manual, bearing Max Ernst-like appearance. Or maybe some steampunk representations of a robotic, genetically hybrid-filled future.
This black and white collage series began in 1995, with the artist fusing together elements of photocopies to generate new fantastic creatures.
For Nicolas Lampert, the machine-animal beings are meant to make the audience reflect on progress and industrialization, as the phantom of hybridation and genetic engineering taking over nature is a constant presence in all the artworks.
The question audience members should ask themselves is if progress means asserting domination over nature by imposing new, destructive technologies or rather by living in balance with the environment, creating minimal disruption of the cycles of nature.
So these aren’t simply collages, but beautiful pieces that carry a meaningful message from Nicolas Lampert.