“Machines have less problems. I’ld like to be a machine, wouldn’t you?” Andy Warhol

AUTOPIA (2015-2019) is a project consisting of photographs, videos and installations, which together pose the question of the feasibility of a new world. Automates for a New World was first exhibited at the Melkerij van Altenaken, Hoegaarden (May-June 2018), then at Wilford X Temse (September-December 2018), De Traagheid Tielt (December 2018), Artisjok Lier in l’Avenir (January 2019), Art Center Hugo Voeten Herentals (May 2019) and Triamant Bree (May-December 2021). Artisjok Lier will expose them July-August 2022.

Were the gods automats?

As the 1920s approached, it became painfully clear that humanity was not heading in the right direction, and that it would not die out at a peak as predicted.
At the very highest level, it was agreed that things had only gone downhill since the first nuclear power plants were built, and that only sheer hubris had ever led us to hope that the Tesla, the iPhone and the Dyson hoover would turn the tide. The New Philosophers proclaimed that man would go the way he had come: by accident.

That there is hope again today is due to Bart Ramakers and his Partners, renowned inventors-artists who for years worked in the greatest secrecy on what we today call the Solution.

The Civilisation had exposed so many problems that man simply did not know how to deal with himself and with his environment. Returning to the glorious times before the industrial revolution was strictly forbidden since the ‘International Decree on the matter’ of October 2021. It also laid down severe prison sentences for asking the questions “what are we doing here” and inquiring about the meaning of life in the public space.

It was then that the writings and images of the Automats for a New World project were discovered and distributed. This was initially very much to the reluctance of the inventors, who feared more lawsuits from the relatives of test subjects who had died prematurely while contributing to the project. Today, we know that the machines the two developed will save the world.

Geert Stadeus, editor in chief Snoecks

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B-BARBOT™

A.K.A. Hairdresser on Fire / Kappersmachine

Historical because it was Ben Stimulé and Bart Ramakers’ very first Automat for a New World, designed for a fully automatic and yet stylish haircut.

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HASTALAVISTAR™
A.K.A. Zoekmaakmachine

The Hastalavistar allows you to get rid of all redundant information, such as tax bills, publicity and fake news. It was in operation at the Bereklauw, Herent, April 29th, May 1st and 6th 2018.

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PRINCIP-O-THEK™
A.K.A. Principesverhuurwinkel

In the Princip-O-Thek or Principle Rental Shop you rent your favorite principle for a week or a month, discover what’s hip and trending, live it and when you’re tired of it, return it – we have plenty of principles for you to bring into practice. From Flower Power to Post-Truth: everything you need for a flexible life, ready for every challenge!

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CONFORMATON™
A.K.A. Conformat

World’s only solution for the socially unadapted.
A splendid machine that transforms every outcast into a responsible tax paying citizen.

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CPU3000
(COVERUP PRODUCTION UNIT 3000)
A.K.A. Doofpotaffairegenerator

A machine to pack messy affairs in very practical barrels… With the prototype functioning as it should, now it’s up to the Marketing Dept. to distribute the machine to politicians and powerful people all over the world.

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AE-L.I.F.E.™
(ADVANCED ETERNAL LIFE INCUBATOR FOR ELEXIR)
A.K.A. Eeuwiglevenserumbrouwerij

It’s 12 to 5 when it comes to rejuvenizing the old and tired!

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ORACOL-O-DELPHINARI-O™
A.K.A. Littermatica/Orakel

The oracle that formulates your most essential questions, produced by the Littermatica™ software (Dutch only) developed by Bob Van Belle in the ‘80s of the last century.

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YOLOSENTIMAT™
(#Yolo – You Only Live Once -sentimat)
A.K.A. Pubersentimat/Jeugddromengenerator

The one and only Yolosentimat™, developed to make you relive the dreams you cherished in your youth.

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ROYALTY FREE WORLD-O-MAT™

This hyperactive installation ensures balance is established between the good, the bad and of course… the ugly.

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E-RROR™
A.K.A. Try & Error

Under its vintage appearance, the E-Rorr™ is a high-tech device designed to never ever give up. In a constant state of trial and error, this machine provides endless inspiration for humans in despair.

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ESCARBOT™
A.K.A. Escapisme Capsule

The ultimate solution for anyone trying to escape from the daily cruelty of reality.

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NA21TRAX™
A.K.A. Nationalismegenerator

Because all humans are equal and yet very different, NA21TRAX allows them to create their very personal national hymn, with all the classic ingredients these hymns share, in a refreshing cocktail.

ARTICLE NUMBER AU002X765987Z67
LUCIFER-O-MATON™
A.K.A. Burnout Generator

Those who aim to fly high, are likely to fall deep, just like Lucifer, and just like the humans searching very hard for happiness on social media.

ARTICLE NUMBER AU009P365421W67
PANAMARARARARAINBOWWOWWOWGENERATOR™
A.K.A. Rainbow Generator

The world needs more rainbows.

Autopia Inc. expresses its extreme gratitude to:

André & Viviane Vossen (Quattro Benelux)
for their support and hospitality
Gosse Bereklauw & de ganse Bereklauw
for the enthusiasm and help
Robin Van Nieuwenhuizen
Roel Simons
Jo Walbers
Bjorn Lambrechts
Dany Tulkens
Jef Van Hoye
for constructing the machines
Bob Van Belle
for the Littermatica & Nationalismegenerator software
Geert Stadeus
for the brilliant brainstormings
Mounir Echatti (Moca Gent)
Michael Frömmer (Het Tijdreisbureau)
Jo Walbers (Steam Engine)
Stefan Meus
Pascal Baetens
Benny Conings Haute Cuisine
Dany Tulkens
for the props
Hans Provoost & Ann Verminnen
for being such nice assistants
Marinela Dimitrova
Rania
Karina Weiss
for the make up
Metaalwerken Van Vlierden
for hosting the Conformaton™
Johan Verhulst and Anne-Marie De Beul (Kleding Octaaf)
for dressing the Conformaton™ models
Tim Buelens & Bart Grinaert
for creating such great video footage

Barbara Bervoets, Fred Willems, Riona Neve,
Dirk Dejaegher, Michelle Wong, Ingrid Serneels,
Mark Uytterhoeven, Ava Lacour, Marc Rems,
Dirk Loomans, Eva Evian, Yana Mood, Wim De Saeytyd, Cis Bauwelinckx, Theo Vervliet, Guanita Lesage and Chevvy, Jo Walbers, Karina Weiss, Margo Willems, Kevin Melgers, Alexandra, Demond Martens, Bart, Marlies Beyns, Christopher Simons, Jeroen van Eyken, Leo Van Vlierden, Jochen Golsteyn, Steffie Dewinkeler, Frieda Van Wijck, Rob Vanoudenhoven, Astrid Darya Van Canneyt, Esmeralda Ramakers, Johan Bos, Anne Marie Lampens, Alain & Beatrice Verdier, Olga Kaminska, Geert Stadeus, Beke De Rauw, DJ Grace, Piet Vranckx, Oma, Lena, Arne Wolfox, Khiara Gray, Bieke De Maré, Alina Hindryckx, Panamarenko, Michelle Bousson,
Sofie Baert, Lydie, Georgette, Eveline Hoorens, Willy, Orelle for being such great models
Sofie Baert
for the food the patience the help and the love

Melkerij Altenaken, Hoegaarden.
Wilford X.
Art Center Hugo Voeten.