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Programmable Do-Gooders
  • Valerie Lueth
    born 1979
    born: Des Moines, Iowa, United States ; active: United States
  • Programmable Do-Gooders, 2004
  • etching
  • Mat Dimensions: 16 x 20 in
  • Anonymous loan
  • Not on display
  • EL2009.027
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Trees & Other Ramifications: Branches in Nature & Culture," Mar-2009, Steve Goddard
Leuth describes her etching of two robots standing on either side of a family tree:

“Programmable Do-Gooders envisions a soft technology, used not as a catastrophic killing machine, but as a means to radiate and propagate love and goodwill. The dueling robots have ornately patterned, complex exteriors that serve to confuse their motives at first glance-their barrel-like ammo arms preparing to shoot hearts, not bullets. The maze-like tree nestled in the center of the cracking earth commemorates the roots of the robots’ imagined lineage and celebrates a connectivity of their lives to natural rhythms (forged on the earth from earthen materials) despite their being fabricated and purposed by human beings.”