Dreams and Robots
A Concept Seven
Inch Vinyl Record by Go
In 2012 Go
Genre Everything release the concept seven inch vinyl record, entitled
" Domestic Dreams and Robots "
"Domestic Dreams & Robots" was launched in Melbourne a
KIPL on the 13th of October 2012
The Launch is being reported as a videogram available for viewing from the internet.
It was video recorded using a standard GGE method of multiple
unsynchronised video cameras. These streams were synchronised and
brought together to imply a dream.
this is a poster for the launch on a door
The record is enclosed in a human constructed sleeve.
Sleeves in 100% recycled sustainably managed post consumer human bone tissue
It has a collage photograph on one side
and a print on the other. Originally in Black on White, appearing here in full gaudy tastelessness...
Here is what GGE have to say about the collage cover.
|The juxtaposition of images that create
the collage on the cover of Domestic Dreams and Robots is an attempt to
provoke thought along the lines of what the current heterosexual
western white first world domestic dream involves.
The two central figures are seen gazing at each other in an adoring and
mildly suggestive fashion. They may appear to be focussing on each
other, but in truth it is far more likely that they are lost in their
own ideas and dreams about who or what the other person is and what
they represent as far as the ultimate goal of domestic bliss is
These two figures are echoed by other pairs of figures that reinforce
images of love and/or marital/spousal heterosexual white bliss.
The tape reels behind the central figures heads represent the loops
that run inside their heads/neural networks. These are partly
conditioned and partly personal. To some extent we all run on automatic
and often don't question inbuilt learned assumptions about our own and
others' dreams and desires. The automatic nature of these thinking
patterns is one area where the (album name's) reference to robots is
relevant. Robots are generally associated with automatic and
pre-programmed functioning and behaviour.
There are other external "robots" in the collage as well. Cars, slot
machines etc. Often many robots are considered necessary for the
successful functioning of the domestic dream. Kitchen appliances, power
tools, communications devices, surveillance devices (on pets etc).
Technology is a big part of the domestic dream.
Also featured in the collage are some of the possible realities that
may be likely to occur once the initial excitement of "settling down
together" passes. The man is seen sitting in a lounge chair reading a
paper and fairly oblivious to the outside world. As well, the end of
the penis is covered with the whistle from an old fashioned kettle,
suggesting that the domestic and usually monogamous arrangements of a
traditional marriage may make him feel restricted/censored sexually.
The woman is seen drinking and wearing sexually alluring clothing in an
attempt to arouse the waning sexual interest of the man.
The drinking lady could also be a reflection of part of the central
female figure's thoughts. She may be "thinking with her clacker" as far
as her choice of man is concerned. (And while appearing to look at the
male central figure, is actually looking past him at the large penis).
Similarly, the large flaccid penis behind the man's head is a
suggestion that he may be "thinking with his dick". (And while
appearing to look at the female central figure, is actually looking
past her at the scantily clad drinking lady).
The child is holding a present and wearing a helmet that looks like it
is maybe attached to an explosive device. She is the timebomb as she is
the result of both of the parents shattered dreams and disillusionment.
Which will likely explode as the child grows up with all the weight of
unrealistic expectation on her head, born from the lack of contact with
reality the parents had when she was concieved.
The domestic dream breeds nightmares.
The car has an eye on it (as does the slot machine) as it becomes a
character in the play the parents are acting out. It is an important
status symbol and can become just as important as the real people
involved. The robots are an integral part of the domestic dream.
She is hanging out washing. That is really boring and unromantic. And
ignored in the initial rush of dream/blood to the head/genitals. He is
just one of many (the row of identical cowboy mannequins at the top of
the image) and his individual needs and interests become subordinate to
the dream. It doesn't matter who he is to start with, he will turn out
the same in the end. Locked into a limited series of movements,
behaviours and activities as is expected of him.
"Little boxes little boxes little boxes all the same." Malvina Reynolds (1900- 1978)
The left side of the image contains all the female figures, and all the
male figures are on the right. (Apart from the female figure who is cut
off at the top right of the image, who is manipulating the series of
male mannequins). This reinforces the dichotomy between male and female
in the realisation of the domestic dream. Each has expectations of
themselves and the other, based largely around gender lines.
Transgression from these norms and expectations is punished. The
punishment may occur from one partner to another, or by each partner
Below is the image of the full colour version of the inner sleve insert
which GGE have published here for you to download and print,
and place inside your concept seven inch vinyl recoding, to replace the
greyscale version which ships with your original copy of "Domestic
Dreams & Robots"