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.