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Arabesque 2007

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Arabesque, 2007 | [Materials] Composite plastic body casts, Computers, Compressed Air Components, Mp3 Player, Video Projector, Camera. Dimensions: ❬4.5m x 4.5m x 0.8m❭    Photographer: Medial Mirage / Matthias Möller, Leipzig, Germany.

"Arabesque" is a kinetic artwork with its roots in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and the alchemist's laboratory. A composition of life-sized cast human body parts (incidentally casts of my own body). These translucent entities impaled upon their internal robotic mechanisms and bestowed with dynamism via the lifeblood of this organism. An invisible presence solely betrayed when exhaled loudly from the valves. Simultaneously, the rattle of relays and clattering of pistons produce a hyper-modern accompaniment to the music of Strauss.

Serpentine coils of transparent tubing and electric cables form a conscious aesthetic expression, assimilated into the artwork to bring chaotic lines of abstraction that contrast heavily with the organized symmetry of the body parts. In motion, "Arabesque" becomes a time-based performance and a physical animation. All this is captured live via a video camera placed above the work. This view is projected onto a nearby screen, revealing to the observer a kaleidoscope of beautiful patterns and shapes created from the human form.




Arabesque, 2007 | Video documentation @ Werk II kulturfabrik, Leipzig, Germany.



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Arabesque | Photographer: Medial Mirage / Matthias Möller | 2007 @ Werk II kulturfabrik, Leipzig, Germany.



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Arabesque | Photographer: Medial Mirage / Matthias Möller | 2007 @ Werk II kulturfabrik, Leipzig, Germany.



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Arabesque | Photographer: Medial Mirage / Matthias Möller | 2007 @ Werk II kulturfabrik, Leipzig, Germany.



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Arabesque | Photographer: Medial Mirage / Matthias Möller | 2007 @ Werk II kulturfabrik, Leipzig, Germany.



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Arabesque | Photographer: Medial Mirage / Matthias Möller | 2007 @ Werk II kulturfabrik, Leipzig, Germany.



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Arabesque | Photographer: Medial Mirage / Matthias Möller | 2007 @ Werk II kulturfabrik, Leipzig, Germany.