The GrassRoller is a mechanical device in which a roll of grass moves over the participant’s body.
The machine consists of an horizontal platform, an aluminium structure and a 6 feet wooden roller covered with a layer of lawn activated by an hand-crank activated mechanism. The participant lies on the aluminum bench and upon pushing a lever, waits for the roller to slide upon his body. The uncanny experience lasts for about 3 seconds.
This Rube Goldberg machine-like contraption plays with irony on the ambiguous relationship between human and his environment: a contraption whose only purpose is to evenly, relentlessly roll green turf over your body.
This contraption, so predominant and grand in its scale, evokes fear and a potential of bliss that resemble the legacy of the bachelor machines: from Kafka’s “In The Penal Colony”, via Raymond Roussel, and Duchamp to Tinguely.