David, Artificial Intelligence
Prometheus & Alien Covenant
“Since the first sequence, when he interacts briefly with the man who gave him life and soon realizes the stupidity of his mania for greatness, the android demonstrates wanting even more than what he received at birth. Could he, a creature, become a creator?” Virgílio Souza
The marble sculpture PROMETHEUS DELIVERED – a replica of Prometheus Bound by Nicolas Sébastien Adam (1762) – is slowly decomposed by chemolithoautotrophic bacteria. The acidic process water from the bioreactor KAZBEK penetrates the body of the sculpture via tubes and runs off the surface of the stone. The limestone turns into gypsum while the sculpture slowly dissolves. The biomass of the bacteria is the energy source for human liver cells from which the organic sculpture OCTOPLASMA grows. Inorganic stone turns into organic meat. PROMETHEUS DELIVERED is a play on words, referring to birth in the sense of “delivery”, and to the central importance of the liver in myth.