Sushiborg Yukari (2010)

Installation with video (black and white, sound), screens, and printed panels, 2:56 min, dimensions variable.
Device: electronics, acrylic and aluminium
20 x 100 x 100 cm
© Sputniko!
Courtesy the artist and Scai the Bathhouse, Tokyo.

There seems to be many examples of beautiful and young looking girl-robots enthusiastically developed by the world’s top robotic scientists (see videos on the right) but what if the designed intelligent machines are not too happy with the way people designed them?

In the tradition of "Nyotai Mori", an age old Japanese practice of serving Sushi on naked women, Sushiborg Yukari is a cyborg designed in Future Tokyo to serve Sushi on her rotating belt, entertaining over-worked Japanese businessmen in their after-hours.

When Yukari’s programmed intelligence develops enough to understand her functionality as a sex object, she struggles to accept her role – slowly, Yukari attaches knives to her own body, modifying herself to become a lethal weapon, plotting to one day escape the Sushi restaurant she now feels captive with in...

The work in progress video on the right (2) shows how the knives flip out when the soy sauce container on the table (which acts as a lever) is pulled.

Selected Exhibitions
2010 “Tokyo Art Meeting Transformation” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

Credits
Photography: Rai Royal
Fashion Design: Aephie Huimi
Set Design: Sam Frances
Make Up: Hiroe Tomikawa
Model Making: Ian Daniell, Simone Lang
Film Music: Brain Food, Watashi No Koko, Android Music
Restaurant Provided by: Dotori, London
Special Thanks: Takahiro Goto, Kevin Grennan, Gerrit Kaiser, JPaul Neeley

寿司ボーグ☆ユカリ(2010)

映像インスタレーション(白黒, 音声)、スクリーン、写真パネル、 2:56 min、サイズ可変
デバイス: 電子部品、アクリル、アルミニウム
20 x 100 x 100 cm
© Sputniko!
Courtesy the artist and Scai the Bathhouse, Tokyo.

世界屈指の頭脳&予算を持ったサイエンティストたちが競って美少女ロボットを開発している昨今、「寿司ボーグ☆ユカリ」は近未来東京で<女体盛り回転寿司モデル>として開発された女性型サイボーグ。 毎晩懸命に仕事帰りのサラリーマンを癒すユカリだが、彼女の知能が段々と発達していくにつれ、ユカリはただの「可愛いらしい接客サイボーグ」としての役割に不満を覚え、こっそりとキッチンで自分の身体を改造し始める。回転寿司部分にナイフを取り付け、自らを兵器として改造したユカリ。彼女はついに、女体回転寿司サイボーグ屋の脱出を試みるが...?

ページ右側の動画(2)はスタジオで制作途中の様子。醤油入れに隠されたレバー棒をひっぱると、勢い良くナイフが飛び出す仕組みになっている。

展覧会
2010年「東京アートミーティング トランスフォーメーション」東京都現代美術館(東京)

クレジット
Photography: Rai Royal
Fashion Design: Aephie Huimi
Set Design: Sam Frances
Make Up: Hiroe Tomikawa
Model Making: Ian Daniell, Simone Lang
Film Music: Brain Food, Watashi No Koko, Android Music
Restaurant Provided by: Dotori, London
Special Thanks: Takahiro Goto, Kevin Grennan, Gerrit Kaiser, JPaul Neeley

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