Artist duo Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen have worked together since 2006 as permanent collaboration, “Cake Industries”. Their eclectic experimental practice utilises mechatronics, robotics, carpentry, 3D printing, and reworked everyday objects to create anthropomorphic and autonomous sculptural works that embody anachronistic futurism. They enjoy exposing the inner workings of things, embracing the beauty of raw mechanisms, and physically remixing the world around them into visually distorted forms. Often inspired by 1950s science fiction dystopia and alternate realities, Cake Industries’ performative sculptures investigate societies, cultures, realities, and futures. To not limit the possibilities of audience/artwork interaction, their work inhabits diverse spaces from the traditional gallery setting to unconventional public locations, often blurring the boundaries between fantasy and the real world.
They have also presented a wide range of creative workshops as teaching artists based on their own practice.