A Dancing Robot


What is art? Art is a form of self-expression-a visual representation of one’s deepest thoughts and idiosyncrasies. Some judge their own artistic self-expression high culture and others’ low culture against established standards. To me though, as long as an artwork is carefully crafted, whose presence arouses a certain je ne sais quoi in me, the inexplicable attraction to an artwork is what matters to me the most.

I came across this dancing robot graffiti in a busy street in downtown Toronto, Canada and it has been saved in my memory ever since.

In a bustling metropolis like Toronto or Hong Kong, many people lead their daily existence like a robot, repeating the same routines incessantly on a seemingly endless continuum. Rarely do they slow down to smell the roses and rekindle with the childhood innocence they once cherished so dearly. A dancing robot painted on the wall of a busy downtown street is there to awaken the dormant innocence that’s still in all of us. The dancing days are not gone. As rigidly robotic as we are made to conform to conventional images of adulthood, we should not rid ourselves of the right to be carefree and wild just like a child from time to time.

Some people may not consider graffiti as an artwork, due to the common perception of it being an expression of low culture. I, on the other hand, beg to differ. As long as the artwork has depth and meaning, the category, into which it’s placed conventionally doesn’t really matter that much.

Dance as if you had never danced before. Dance harder to the beats of your heart’s desire when you are behind those visibly and invisibly fenced social confines, from which you can’t escape. You may experience dark night of the soul, dance anyway.

Published by Robbie's Blog

I am a third-culture person who's navigating his way around Hong Kong and beyond. Come join me on this rollercoaster ride.

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