Flaviu Rogojan
lives and works in Cluj, Romania

Tamagotchi Life Support, 2017
Tamagotchi, sculpted plaster, arduino controller, servo-motors, uninterruptible power supply unit
15 cm x 12 cm x 9 cm

shown in

MAFA5: De Rerum Natura - Media Art Festival Arad
05. 10. 2018 - 03. 11. 2018
curated by Călin Man and Ileana Selejan
Natural Science Museum, Arad, Romania

The Museum Affair
17. 10. 2019 - 13. 12. 2019
curated by Cristina Curcan and Mihai Iepure-Gorski
organised by The Paintbrush Factory
Zoological Museum Cluj, Romania
An intervention in a Natural History Museum puts a live Tamagotchi on display with other representatives of the animal kingdom. Such electronic toys were designed as  empathy devices. Marketed as a way to supposedly make children more responsible by having them take care of the digital pet and friend, the Tamagotchi requires constant attention and care. The shape is designed to be an fun interpretation of a cracked egg shell, reinforcing the idea of a recently hatched creature that needs nursing.

Instead of human empathy, the installation revolves around a programmed arduino robot that performs the required empathy and keeps the Tamagotchi alive during the duration of the entire exhibition.