Bruce Whistlecraft (A.K.A Doktor A) has become synonymous with the creation of Victorian Futurist style Robot characters. Indeed, his popular ongoing Mechtorians series unravels the story of the retrobotic realm of Retropolis one artwork at a time.
Brass mustachioed scientists rub copper-plated elbows with polished metal bank managers, fairground hawkers and socialites in this fantastical realm where humans play no part. A world whose inhabitants go robotically about their daily routine, playing out their part in a mimicked society modeled on a flimsy perception of an ideal world.
Every aspect of our own lives are reflected and filtered through the robot’s ill informed perception of what they are expected to be. Social hierarchy played out as theatre and consumer trends reflected as crippling exercises in vanity or peer pressure. When machines try and duplicate our world the nonsense of the everyday is plain.
The Doktor’s work is an investigation of artifice.
From the physical actuality of pieces that look like complex automata, but are incapable of movement. Through the simulation of materials from other mediums. To the wider psychological and sociological constructs of what constitutes a person’s character and place in society.
Even the artist’s name is artificial.
Nothing is what it seems.
Doktor A is currently nominated for the Designer Toy Awards custom of the year (panel), custom of the year (fan) award https://www.designertoyawards.com/