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[compass: accountability machine]




compass: accountability machine [2017], interactive sculpture.




compass: accountability machine [2017], interactive sculpture.





about:

compass: accountability machine is a reaction to the current political climate: a machine which delegates narrative responsibility to each person encountered. the work is complete and functioning only when a human approaches it.

as history is written by its survivors, each human alive now has an obligation to hold ourselves accountable for the stories we tell: it is not possible we can all be the victim. each story is a critical part of the more complete whole.

activated by a viewer's presence, 'true north' is signaled by the compass needle as where the nearest person is standing.

made of steel, copper, wood and glass, the work references elements of bauhaus architecture.

this work was part of the 3. berliner herbstsalon exhibition hosted by maxim gorki theater in berlin [2017], while installed in the former fountain of the theater's garden.





[more about 3. berliner herbstsalon]

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