TRANS_FORMA / THE BONE PHONE - oracle bone
2017

collaborative project with Michael Rees
3d scan, 3d print chrome plated
photo: Veronika Lukasova



Michael Rees we discussed a lot the significance of a 3,500 year old Chinese divination bone that had been ritually burned. The fissures caused by the intense heat allowed those present at the divination ritual to see into the future. The prophesy was then carved into the bone’s surface in writing and kept.

The uncovering  of the burial places in China where many of these bones were found changes their meaning from our perspective. For us they are not transmitter into the future but we view them as historical record of early writing. 

The object straddles time and space and is an excellent representation of the complicated nature of the described relationships above. An enlarged replica of the bone with a mirror-like surface that reflects its surroundings forms becomes the absorbant of the presence. 







In this setting the meaning is changed. Highly reflective surface interracts with the environmet. There  is the Oracle Bone confronted with LED display  WHATEVER IS NOT SAID MATTERS. Moving red reflection is like a fire used for oracle in the acient China. It is
the reflection of dialog between AI and human which reffers to
the very serious topic relating to human future.