The androids have arrived, at least a century after modern art prophesied them.
Artificial humans are advancing from the screens and pages of science fiction into our art galleries to look their flesh and blood cousins eerily in the eye.
Artist Goshka Macuga, shortlisted for the Turner prize in 2008, has created a talking android for the Fondazione Prada in Milan which is now on show at the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin. It has black hair and bushy beard and talks philosophy: an intellectualtake on the Action Man toys I used to play with as a child.
Macuga’s robot has all the spooky uncanniness of a synthetic person with a realistically moulded face and bionic arms. Macuga’s creation is called To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll.