Stony 1.0 is a robot that operates inside a gallery hall. The robot moves around a real life-sized double headstone. During the day it wanders around, placing a stone on the headstone — a Jewish mourning custom that signifies the visitor’s intention to return, symbolically cleaning the headstone and placing a red rose on the headstone.
The name Stony 1.0 corresponds with the term “Web 2.0” which refers to the second generation of online interactive content services. Sites are no longer static (as in first generation webs, where surfers are passive); they now let surfers create, upload and share contents in a myriad of social networks. One might say that Stony 1.0 passively mirrors the relationship between technology and death, without creating a dichotomy between them; while at the same time, actively providing a base for this relationship so that we can participate in real-time mourning rituals.

Robotics: Zvika Markfeld
Robotics Assistant: Yair Uziel
Text: Mati Shemoelof

With acknowledgment to the Keren Bar-Gil of Contemporary Art and in particular to the Herschmann Collection USA.

ITAMAR SHIMSHONY (B. 1980) lives and works in Tel Aviv. He graduated with high honors (2012) at the MFA program of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited in many shows in Israel and abroad, including Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2012) and Nachum Gutman Museum of Art, Tel Aviv (2011). He lectures at the video department of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. [PORTFOLIO]