Usually, we think that the "Love Machine" is a person walking around, or a particularly good person.
But the ideas of Ashley Clark and maté vakura are very different: an actual machine that can measure love ---
They say they have created it successfully.
Before you remind Science Press, be aware that Clark and vakura are artists who work together under the name Clakula.
Just like artists making concepts, metaphors, mini movies with their families --
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What's amazing about them is that their "Love Machine" is actually, I dare say, very good ---
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The story behind its creation is very exciting.
Clark is an American from Slovakia.
After he got married, he had to wait more than two years before he could apply for a green card.
At that time, they visited each other to study what he needed to become an American citizen.
When they learned that they had to prove their love to immigration officials.
So they started creating art, recording their relationship, and commenting on their situation. -
For example, a strange Super 8 video in which two of them licked both sides of a jar of honey and told the Slovak that they wanted honey but could not taste it.
They created two paintings.
Skype conversation every day
Eventually they created the above Steampunkesque machine.
This is what you will see on the Victorian style gaming arcade, its wooden base, glowing spherical center and collection of mysterious wires.
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Unless, that is to say, a person is afraid that his love is revealed as false ---
Its genius is here.
While they do claim that the machine itself is "real", it is not just a reaction to people.
I talked a long time from his new home in Brooklyn and vakura.
Distance relationships, immigration, and what it means to measure love.
How did you two know each other? We are classmates in Boston, and at a graduate program at the Massachusetts Institute of Art and Design, we started dating. Then at the end of the graduate program, we got married.
At about that time, we started working together.
I proposed to her that I had to leave the country for two years after the six months of January 20, 11 years because of strange visa requirements.
We thought, "If we have to separate, let's do art together.
"What is the basic idea behind this project? The concept grew organically from our relationship, because we are both artists and a couple, so we say, why not try to cooperate, why not use our relationship, question the circumstances in which we are.
Did you get the green card? I just got my green card two months ago.
You were forced to live in apartI before that, but could not apply for permanent residency, which means I could not apply for a green card.
I could have traveled here but only for 90 days.
Also, even worse, you can't work so you really don't have the money to stay here and then you really don't have the money to travel.
Every time you try to cross the border, it is possible for an immigration officer to decide at his sole discretion to reject you.
So it took you years to get back and forth.
Yes, starting in the summer of 2011.
I had to spend more than two years in my country.
I visited her four times during that time.
One is two months, the other is two weeks.
She came to see me almost as many times.
It's always a week or two.
She has more than $100,000 in student debt and she has to pay it off in the US. S.
So she can't actually live in Slovakia with me and I can't travel a lot.
When we are together, we begin to do art with the resources we can use.
At the beginning, we couldn't even afford a digital camera or a mobile phone with a camera.
We started using my father's old Russian super.
8 camera to shoot our video.
All the videos come from our lives and thoughts, and sometimes from our celebrations.
How did you spend that difficult time.
We spend a lot of time on Skype, like two times a day, one hour at a time.
It was difficult because there was a six hour time difference between the East Coast of the United States and Europe, so I had to stay up until 1 in the morning. m.
Until she finished her work.
We are grateful for the new technology.
Or I don't know.
Many of our works of art are obtained through Skype conversations and our online relationships.
We did some drawings describing the Skype screenshots, including some glitches and similar things.
You're trying to deal with the idea of having to measure love because in order to get a green card you have to prove your love, that's right, we're going through what you need to do for a green card, we see this strange element, and you have to show evidence in front of immigration officials that you love each other.
Immigration officials must admit that you love each other. It's really strange that you are a real couple.
Kind of like Kafka-esque.
I know what it is that they have this standard because they want to eliminate fake marriage, but it may not be possible in general.
It will bring a struggle to those who really love each other.
Everyone must prove in some way that you love each other.
You must show the photo.
There are some strange questions about your relationship, your spouse's phone number and all of these things.
We thought it was very surreal, so we tried to make art with it.
From this idea, we get the proof of love.
We even say, "Let's create a device that can measure love.
"The best way to prove love for an official is to have some measuring device show," Oh, look, this LED is flashing, so that means they love each other!
"We designed and built this meter of love, which is actually a bit complicated.
It can measure the heartbeat of the couple, and it can also measure their love. There is a . . .
We came up with a special mechanism to measure love.
I had to use two computers because one could not handle so much data. (Laughs. )
Did you bring these things when you interviewed the green card? We showed a lot of photos.
We have a big box full of photos.
This is also part of our art.
They did take a look at some of the photos, but they went through them very quickly.
So it's a bit disappointing.
Can you please tell me the idea behind a particular clip? The first video we did was a Super 8 video called "obstacle" that was shot in Slovakia.
In some places, there are relics of World War II, so we found this huge concrete cube on the road, which is higher than human beings ---
They're the tanks.
We decided to help each other through them to surpass them.
So this video is about helping each other in some of the obstacles, and it also has this historical level.
I saw a video where you guys did you on Skype and you two just watched each other silently.
We couldn't be together during that time.
The fact that we can't be together really affects us deeply.
Ashley is crying almost every day.
It's hard for our mental health.
We did it in the middle, so we just looked at each other silently.
The smallest thing that can withstand a lot of weight.
It's really sweet.
It is silent and there is little action, but she will smile at you and it is a surprisingly short moment.
Did you understand your relationship by doing this project?
We are still learning.
It is a bit difficult for us to distinguish between this relationship and the project.
This project is about this relationship, but it does affect it because art is our life.
This is a complete cycle.
We often think about patience, we often think about other people ---
We know that immigration is worse than we are.
To some extent, we still know each other more and more because I have been living in the United States since last September.
We think it's just a year of real time together.
This is a great test.
I believe most relationships will break up right away.
You can wait together. Exactly.
But not just waiting.
We are continuing our cooperation and we are working on how to survive.
Still, due to her student debt and the fact that I am a new immigrant and have not yet worked, we still have great financial difficulties.
We all try to live on less than $200 a week.
After doing all this, have you come up with an idea to measure love in a way that is yes.
We believe that this device is a little more effective than metaphor.
In fact, as an audience, you stand in front of this machine and you have to make decisions that really show your love, the extent of your love, and sometimes people don't like to do that.
The machine is more about this moment, are you ready to show your love? Maybe 80% of people close to this machine say they like it, but others are afraid to use it.
I have been told by some people that they are worried that this will reveal that their love for another person is not so deep.
They don't know what will happen, they don't know if the machine will actually show love or how much it will show.
So if it shows love at the end and most of it shows love, they are really happy.
Have you ever let people try but it doesn't show their love and sometimes they are disappointed!
It shows multiple levels, so sometimes it doesn't show that much love.
It all depends on your personal contact with another person.
I can't reveal that much.
It is related to the human body and electricity.
This may sound like a strange device at the turn of the century, and we kind of agree.
It is a fake device in some ways, but not in another way.
I want to keep smog for people.
But in fact, this is not entirely false.
It seems that a large part of its importance is how people react to it.
This is the most important thing.
This is what the machine is measuring.