Alexei the Doughbot
Introducing Alexei, the Doughbot, a practical, innovtive experiment that causes utter destruction and tear-or (literally) on blank canvas, snowy fields, and innocent, unprepared college freshmen. This Doughbot was formed through thought, imagination, time, and utter procrastination, until eventually it built itself up to its fullest (though maybe not successful) potential. Alexei began as a young, fresh, violet flesh of Play-Dough, a favorite childhood memory for all the 90s children out there. He was ignorant of the outside world around him, until he realized that there could be more to him than just a plastic yellow eggshell. He exploded from the shell that contained him while I found a motorized heart and wires to help him breathe. His task was very simple: to draw something. He happily accepted multiple colorful rubber bands that thickened his skin and stretched his muscles until he could lift three heavy markers all by himself. He distributed his skin to one side of the shell, so to offset the balance of the markers, and hoped that his motorized heart could pump life into his motionless body. I added a small watch battery between the rubber bands to hold in place while I attached the defibrillator wires to it. Suddenly, as if he was seeing the world with new eyes, his body jolted to life, vibrating and shaking, splattering colorful ink onto the white paper beneath him. He was too hyper, however, and soon after he began his journey across the blank sheet, he froze, like a body stuck in the arctic. After that, he refused to move anymore due to his size and added, unfamiliar weight distribution. He wasn’t sure how to control his new body, and this greatly frustrated him. He shook away the wires and the battery that gave him life, and stubbornly refused to produce more than a small squiggly upon the unwritten page. Alexei, with so much hope and promise for children to stare at in wonder and awe, simply looked the other way, letting down, not only his creator, but also his counterparts.