Max Streicher
Brief description of the work:
Kinetic sculpture of two connected human shapes breathing together
Materials, dimensions, duration:
Nylon spinnaker, fans, each inflatable figure: 2 meters tall, 2004.
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
Shown at Life Forms exhibition at Kinetica Museum, London, Oct - Nov 2006
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
Traditional art gallery setup. How the work is read depends on "...what the individual viewer brings to the work. For some, gasping for breath, endlessly straining to rise, portray an image of playfulness, and even resurrection, while for others it is distinctly an image of torture. Both cases however involve physical empathy, a bodily recognition of the elemental - powerful and tenuous - forces that animate us all. " (http://pages.istar.ca/~maxs/index.htm)
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Key theme(s):
Observing systems in action (surrogate life)
Further context:
"The weightlessness of [Nylon spinnaker] allows [the sculpture] to respond with surprising subtlety to the action of air within it. I use air to animate my work because it provides an effortless naturalism. It not only looks right, it feels right, recollecting our sensation of breath."