Grace Anderson

BA (Hons) Graphic Design - Epsom

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I like to create with both a mechanical and creative mindset, all my pieces containing an element of structure that I can then deconstruct. One of my main focuses always being research, every single project I work on is based on deep and extreme research. This is displayed through my final project, a self-directed graphic novel, with written newspaper articles based on future predictions and a little bit of spite.

I tend to take the intended messages and twist them. I live to contradict what people tell me will happen, and that’s where my story came from. Over the summer of 2020, I read R.U.R, which is widely regarded as one of the classics of twentieth-century theatre, a play premiered in 1921 by Czech playwright Karel Čapek (1890–1938).

But I didn’t experience the awe and mind-boggling reconstruction of thoughts that most sci-fi leads me to, instead I got angry. Why do we regard robots as if they are humans? Robot is also a word I refused to use within my work unless being used as the slur that it originates from:  “Robot is drawn from an old Church Slavonic word, robota, for “servitude,” “forced labour” or “drudgery.” (Markel, 2011).

Within this play the machines revolt after the Doctor gives them the ability to feel emotions such as anger, they get angry at the creators and enslavers and turn to kill them, all apart from two special machines who are so in love they don’t care about much else. The concept of the play is that they create these working robots and then go too far by giving them human emotions. It made me think about emotions as a concept. Even if we did advance technology to this point, who’s to say they would be anything like ours. Humans are widely regarded as human because they are controlled by their emotions, a machine that has ten times the intelligence might not succumb to such fate, they might be able to keep all possible consequences in mind and not act as selfishly as we humans do. This brought me to the concept of my story.

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