Petros Lales

To Be Is To Get Cut


In his project Lales has created a self-sustaining digital environment known as “PikiPikiLand,” which is populated by autonomous creatures called Piki Pikis. Using a computer interface to navigate through this virtual landscape, audiences can choose to observe or interfere with these beings—who uncannily resemble human sexual and sense organs—as they are born, eat, interact with the each other, reproduce, and die. Through this imagined world, Lales presents a playful but also bitter metaphor for our own understandings of nature, technology, society, and politics.