Wang Zi Won’s Mechanical Buddhas

South Korean artist Wang Zi Won creates enlightened robots, including the Buddha and an idealized mechanical doll based upon himself, as a guidepost for a future in which technology lead to self-actualization:

Humans will evolve and adapt themselves to enhanced science and technology just as men and animals in the past evolved to adapt themselves to their natural circumstances. The artist sees this as our destiny, not as a negative, gloomy dystopia.

The artist considers it important to escape from human bondage in order to achieve harmony between men and machines. He thinks this harmony can be achieved through the process of religious practices and spiritual enlightenment.

The machine man was based on the artist, but this “I” is not a past “I” any more. His own existence vanishes, and a new being-as-machine man emerges. Z is thus a process of becoming the perfect “I”.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    great commentary on the state of buddhism today
    mechanical, bound by internal gears, missing limbs
    it reminded of the work of this Thai artist

    artist sick
    http://youtu.be/shBA9sJGlf0

  • BuzzCoastin

    great commentary on the state of buddhism today
    mechanical, bound by internal gears, missing limbs
    it reminded of the work of this Thai artist

    artist sick
    http://youtu.be/shBA9sJGlf0