Repeat After Me:BotMerica,BotMerica,Bot
Repeat After Me
Images by Jay Tyrrell
Poetry by Tim Stiles
Archival pigment prints 11x14, book proposed
Repeat After Me is collaboration between two artists in the centuries long
tradition of political cartoons and satire.
Political cartoons or editorial cartoons consist of two elements: caricature used in the
image and allusion in the comment. Current events in America generate a rich vein
to mine for inspiration including; inequality, social mores, protest and of course the
political times we live in. BotMerica is an imagined place, so please consider this
The carefully ordered world of BotMerica is unsettled. The Original Engineers spent
decades constructing a hierarchy of haves and have nots to ensure maximum
consumption of all of industry’s output. Marketing and advertising engineers worked
tireless hours to develop software to gerrymander desire. As society grew, and became more
complex ,the balances between the classes have came under pressure
Despite the Asimov Conventions for Bot society, the NotBots are demanding equality
and a fair distribution of charging stations. The HavBots , swollen larger, are even more
powerful in contradiction of their designed role.
This isn’t what The Original Engineers envisioned when they coded the Asimov Conventions
and created BotMerica.
Everything has to be rewritten. They have become us.