So retro: The typewriter reimaginedVintage typewriters are taking on a new form -- a human form. CNET visits the workshop of artist Jeremy Mayer, whose typewriter sculptures create a new connection between man and machine.
[MUSIC] My name's Jeremy Mayer, and I make sculptures out of typewriter parts. In the last 23 years I've been doing this, I've taken apart probably 300. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO] My studio is inside of my head. I disassemble Mechanical typewriters, not the word processor type, the very mechanical, heavy old ones. There's no machine that's more transparent about what it's doing than a typewriter. It's operated by you. You push a button, and you see all of the machinery in motion. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] This is the really interesting stuff right here where you see. [BLANK_AUDIO] I could look that person up. [BLANK_AUDIO] Going from typewriter to sculpture I can just, do a sketch and. And work toward the sketch. [MUSIC] I don't solder or glue or weld when I do this. I just use the parts from the typewriter. I counted the components and the big human figures are around 2,000. 2,500 depending on How crazy I get. We have 250 plus typewriters in my collection and I would say that 90% of them are in perfect working order. The typewriter doesn't judge you. It just goes, right away sir. [SOUND] Movie, California Typewriter. It's a feature length documentary. Tom Hanks is in it. John Mayer. Sam Shepard. David McCullough. Representing the future is, me, talking about this transition technology that we're experiencing. That we've been experiencing for a long time. Going from analog to digital. [MUSIC] Personally, typing in a typewriter is torture for me. I have one and I write thank you notes and stuff but that's how people know I care about them, because I'm torturing myself to write to them. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] I think the younger generation could definitely appreciate the typewriter more by seeing these sculptures because it's turning them inside out. It shows all of the ingenuity and time spent, man hours that went into designing These machines. [MUSIC]