The Internet is full of crazy stuff that will make you go through the social media platforms, all day long and still you will find something new the very next day to talk about. Recently a tweet with a video featuring a robot doing pole dancing went viral over the social media. The buzz about the video went beyond the funny video thing and touched the debate by claiming it as a sarcastic gesture for all 2017 actions and issues. However, the real story of the video is something else according to its creator.
The debate in the tweet thread went in many directions stating that the move from the robots is art from its creator to symbolize the affairs including, fear of job automation and the other things going around the globe. Many people have been asking over the social media platform that,”Why this robot is pole dancing?” and getting tangled in the endless tweet thread of debate. But, we decided to come up with the right answer from the creator of robots and the video to feed your curiosity.
Them robots comin for EVERYBODY job pic.twitter.com/sHYVt88Zta— whomst'veatlantavegas (@Namastaywoke) December 3, 2017
Giles Walker, a UK artist made these robots back in 2008 and there is one more video also featuring the robot pole-dancing with another robot who is playing as a DJ. Walker finally clears the aim behind the video and denied all speculation of making the video to show any kind of job automation and any commentary over the robotics.
“At the time when I made them, they were putting CCTV cameras up all around London, and Britain was becoming the most surveilled society in the world,” says Walker to The Verge in an interview. “So I was playing with this idea of voyeurism, and who has the power in that relationship; whether it’s the voyeur or the person being watched."
The video was made to just question all the surveillance activities done by the UK back in time. This was the reason he replaced the robot head with a CCTV camera. He also mentioned the idea of the video strikes to his mind while he came across a document from the British government claiming the WMD possession by Iraq and the whole thing was “sexed up” Iraq dossier over the internet. “So I was just playing with the idea that if a document could be sexed up, maybe CCTV cameras could be as well,” says Walker in the interview. “That’s how I got to these mechanical peeping toms. It was a mingling of all those things.”
The robotic sculptures of Walker are very much popular and demanding, he rents out the robots for tech conferences, function and other events on the cost of £1,000 a day or $1,343. However, the pole-dancing robot isn't the only project from Walker you can also watch the ‘The Last Supper’ and ‘Breakdown Clown’ getting attention after the tweet.