Daniel Knorr


A metal tube, similar to the aluminum pipes used for air-conditioning, was positioned vertically in a corner of the gallery. It had the appearance of a cold, conceptual sculpture, curved at the top like a periscope, the open end covered with a screen. This was the sole object in the gallery space during Berlin-based, Romanian-born artist Daniel Knorr’s exhibition “Urlo” (Scream). Visitors moved around it, examining the sculpture and inquiring as to its meaning. But it was only when the mysterious metal object started to move that they began to comprehend its function. Urlo, 2010, is a homemade robot that contains a computer linked to a wireless antenna. The remote-controlled object turned around rapidly, pointed its visor toward the center of the room, and slowly made its way toward the area of the gallery with the greatest concentration of visitors. It stopped from time to time before

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