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   Istvan Kantor
Robot Platform
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2003
(Kinetic Scrapmetal Sculpture and Performance Machine Robot).

First used in February 1992 at Mondo Quatro, Phoenix Theatre, Toronto.

Robot Platform was constructed with the collaboration of sculptor and robot-maker Brad Smith. Its hydraulic mechanism has been assembled at the Funny Farm (Markdale, Ont.), in January 1992. In 1999 it was rebuilt and extended with digital control system.

The robot's body is made entirely from scrapmetal waste found in Toronto's industrial areas. It can be dismantled in two parts, base and top. The base of the robot is fixed, it holds the hydraulic mechanism, the motor, the pump and the cylinders. The top moves around in every direction, lying on an axis of rotation.

The performer struggles to stay on the platform while addressing the audience.