The M.A.D. Gallery was initially imagined by Max Büsser, the founder of the independent watch company MB&F, to curate a selection of artists that work with mechanical structures as a medium for their art. The idea was that if he could get people to see these mechanics as a form of art, it could help them understand more about what he was doing with the MB&F watches. Over the years however, the M.A.D Gallery evolved into something else altogether and today it serves as a platform which Büsser uses to help champion mechanical art.
The latest addition to the collection comes from Turkish artist, Server Demirtaş, who makes mechanical sculptures that serve to incite consciousness and contemplation of the human condition. Of course, these sculptures are wired to repeat a specific set of movements but their actions are so relatable that it forces the observer to question the relationship between man and machine. For example, Desiring Machine is modelled from a small child, standing on a pedestal, with arms folded, firmly hitting the wall behind its back. Through a combination of the life-like parts and exposed mechanical bits, Demirtaş ultimately showcases childhood uncertainty and frustration.
In the artist’s own words: “One can easily achieve competence in re-creating human actions mechanically, but the real difficulty is in using mechanics to relate to the inner state.”
The Desiring-Machines collection by Server Demirtaş and other astonishing artists can be found at the M.A.D. Gallery online.