ANGELS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER
On the series of sculptures “Robot Invasion” by Nikola Kolja Bozovic
If we presume that in a couple of previous centuries of the pre-industrial and industrial era angels were the decorative elements that were most commonly used in all the fields of applied arts – from tapestries, needlepoint and intarsions, through tableware and decorative plastics on facades, to illustrations or, let’s say, fabric patterns, robots are their substitutes or equivalents in the mass culture of the postindustrial, information era. Angels being replaced by robots – this could be understood as a paradigmatic civilization turn in which robots are assuming the role of the angels of the new world order.
In the visual art of Kolja Bozovic, robots have gradually taken over the central position and become emancipated in relation to other contents and the space itself. This emancipation process may be tracked from the initial introduction of robots into Kolja’s iconosphere - in the series “Be Strong”, on the collage “The Robot Attacks” a cyborg appears for the first time as the counter balance of an overemphasized, extremely built-up human body, the senseless shell of a humanoid.
In the series “Robot Invasion”, Kolja Bozovic dehumanizes humans and humanizes robots. And such dramaturgic tension destabilizes the existence stronghold and produces untranquilizing (or detranquilizing) effects.
From art critic by Danijela Puresevic