Second Variety is a 3D printed life size autonomous robot dog, with its form inspired by the real-life robot dogs currently being produced by the American company Boston Dynamics. The work imagines a future where robot dogs have been utilised in various unknown ways. In this future scenario the dog has been discovered, rusted and worn down, by a society that has forgotten its original purpose.

The title is inspired by the 1953 short story of the same name by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Set in a world where war between the Soviet Union and United Nations has reduced most of the world to a barren wasteland, the story concerns the discovery that self-replicating robots originally built to assassinate Soviet agents have gained sentience. The work embodies this idea of being watched from the shadows, alongside emphasising the fact that many believe that autonomous robots will soon reach the technological singularity, a hypothetical future point in time at which technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unforeseeable changes to human civilization, where our once robotic slaves will transform into our masters.

Second Variety, 2021
3D printed PLA plastic, pine wood dowel, rust effect paint
70.5 x 110 x 36.6 cm

Edition of 3, 2AP

Downstairs_Bob_Bicknell_Knight_1_5.jpg

 

Second Variety (detail), 2021
3D printed PLA plastic, pine wood dowel, rust effect paint
70.5 x 110 x 36.6 cm

Edition of 3, 2AP

Downstairs_Bob_Bicknell_Knight_2.jpg

 

Second Variety (detail), 2021
3D printed PLA plastic, pine wood dowel, rust effect paint
70.5 x 110 x 36.6 cm

Edition of 3, 2AP

Downstairs_Bob_Bicknell_Knight_3.jpg

 

Second Variety (detail), 2021
3D printed PLA plastic, pine wood dowel, rust effect paint
70.5 x 110 x 36.6 cm

Edition of 3, 2AP

Downstairs_Bob_Bicknell_Knight_4.jpg

 

Second Variety (detail), 2021
3D printed PLA plastic, pine wood dowel, rust effect paint
70.5 x 110 x 36.6 cm

Edition of 3, 2AP

Downstairs_Bob_Bicknell_Knight_5.jpg

 

Second Variety (detail), 2021
3D printed PLA plastic, pine wood dowel, rust effect paint
70.5 x 110 x 36.6 cm

Edition of 3, 2AP

Downstairs_Bob_Bicknell_Knight_10.jpg

 

Second Variety (detail), 2021
3D printed PLA plastic, pine wood dowel, rust effect paint
70.5 x 110 x 36.6 cm

Edition of 3, 2AP

Downstairs_Bob_Bicknell_Knight_7.jpg

 

Second Variety (detail), 2021
3D printed PLA plastic, pine wood dowel, rust effect paint
70.5 x 110 x 36.6 cm

Edition of 3, 2AP

Downstairs_Bob_Bicknell_Knight_6.jpg

 

Second Variety (detail), 2021
3D printed PLA plastic, pine wood dowel, rust effect paint
70.5 x 110 x 36.6 cm

Edition of 3, 2AP

Downstairs_Bob_Bicknell_Knight_9.jpg

 

Second Variety (detail), 2021
3D printed PLA plastic, pine wood dowel, rust effect paint
70.5 x 110 x 36.6 cm

Edition of 3, 2AP

Downstairs_Bob_Bicknell_Knight_11.jpg

 

Second Variety (detail), 2021
3D printed PLA plastic, pine wood dowel, rust effect paint
70.5 x 110 x 36.6 cm

Edition of 3, 2AP

Downstairs_Bob_Bicknell_Knight_8.jpg