Marvelous Meat (2016)

A prototype of the Nevermore-A-Matic robot relays its grave dirge for the animal inhabitants of the stunted birch groves of Arctic Finland. In lieu of a dead reindeer, a Franken-carcass made of pig, cow, and sheep parts, each bought wrapped in plastic from the supermarket, becomes the plastic robot's subject and the quarry of the local magpies, hooded crows, flies, and a fox that would have it all for herself. The sun never sets.

Close-up photo of the molting fur of a Finnish
		    reindeer in early summer. Photo of this animal
		    taken by robotic artist Ian Ingram.

Assistants: Maya Man, Sky Williams

Thanks to: Theun Karelse, Dinah Bird, The Waag Society

Supported in part by a Ars Bioarctica Residency at the Kilpisjarvi Biological Research Station in Kilpisjarvi, Finland