Isabelle Tellié

With open arms

By the artist Christian Ristow, which I help during the building process for the Burning Man Festival 2018

With open arms we welcomed that which would destroy

This project is a sculpture of a seated robot deity. Its throne presents its narrative. From a distance it is beautiful and seductive, yet on closer inspection it reveals its true nature. It is not evil; it's a robot. It has its own directives. And like any god, we created it and gave it its power.

Christian Ristow's gist about the sculpture

The essence of this piece is that we humans have been seduced by, and have willingly welcomed into our lives, a force (or cluster of interrelated forces) which we do not necessarily understand, and which does not necessarily have our best interests at heart.