Josh Gumiela's "Refugee" mechanical art piece. .
Video here; https://currentsnewmedia.org/work/refugee/
Refugee attempts to represent the plight of the anonymous refugee while asking the bystander to consider the implications of ‘waiting.’ The uniquely human gesture of finger tapping embodies the refugee’s experience of waiting–whether it is to find a new home or to return to an old one–and the disinterest exhibited by bystanders through impatience, indifference, or the sometimes impotent action of button-clicking performed under the pretense of activism on social media. Through motion and sound,Refugee explores the impact and residual effects of ‘waiting’ on the ongoing world wide refugee crisis.