Ladykiller Volume 1
Year of production: 2011
Dimensions: 40 x 18 x 24cm
Materials: Acrylic, Nylon, brushed stainless steel, motors and custom electronics
Edition: Edition of 8 + 1 A.P.
About: In collaboration with Laikingland
Conventionally a jewellery box is a special container for storing your prized possessions, it’s often decorated and contains several sections. Lady Killer Vol.1 is certainly a special container, it has a boxy form that houses jewellery and is adorned with carefully crafted decoration, and it even has upper and lower compartments. But Lady Killer Vol.1 by Ted Noten with Laikingland is not a conventional jewellery box; it pokes a sturdy robotic finger in the face of convention.
Inspired by the 2004 Unstaged installation of a robot and a ring, where Atelier Ted Noten set a full size industrial robot alongside a safe in an Amsterdam gallery with the function of protecting and presenting one wonderful ring. Lady Killer Vol.1 allows the robot protector concept to be carried into your own home, your own office, your own gallery or wherever she decides.
A powerful looking miniature robot created by the latest 3D printing technologies sits inside a robust transparent box with museum polished finish. For him the robot could rest there forever, protecting.
But one day he’ll decide to open the lid, for her…. A push of the button and the custom made mechanism pulses the robot into life. It rises slowly but purposely, rotates a second arm and turns towards her. The “Lady Killer” ring, in full view now is spun around one way and then the other, in front of her eyes. Finally it extends, offering her the ring.
Will she take it?
Photo credits: Atelier Ted Noten