Robotic Cow Tongues

I frankly can't think of any possible use for robot cow tongues; however, people of limited vision like myself did not stop Korean artist Doo Sung Yoo.


(Robotic cow tongue exhibition)

Perhaps Doo Sung Yoo, formerly an animator and instructor at Ye-won Arts University in South Korea, should explain it himself.

Today’s medical science can support replacing diseased human organs with new animal organs. If medical science can change all of a human’s organs and add extra functions, much like a computer upgrade, how we can give a definition for a human’s body? For many years now, I have been interested in the body’s biological change in relation to an increasingly technologized society...

The cow tongues and pig stomach are not living organs any more after they are cut from their original bodies. Robotic and electronic devices can give the disembodied organs new life, new position, and new function. Like surgeons’ transplant operations such as replacing a kidney, heart, or lung, artists can mix biological media with machines for new creative works. Disembodied organs that move and react through the use of robotic and electronic devices, are also a kind of animation in a different medium...

Developing or changing organs with machines and damaging or deforming organs will offer viewers a new meaning of the body in a high technology society. I would like to bring forth questions about whether the biological body is technologically advancing or simply decaying. Moreover, I would like to arouse artists’ attention to following fame, popularity, financial-success with the excessive and seemingly immoral concept of robotic jeering cow tongues.

I'm not aware of any science-fictional use of the idea of robotic tongues; I'm sure readers will have a few ideas. Don't miss the yucky robotic cow tongue video below.

Looking through my archives, I'm amazed to find a tongue-related item: see Brain Port Tongue Vision In Use By Navy SEALs. Via A few words with Doo Sung Yoo.


(Robotic cow tongue exhibition video)

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