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[geistmaschine: buchenwald]




geistmaschine: buchenwald [2017], sounding sculpture, front.





geistmaschine: buchenwald [2017], sounding sculpture, side image.





geistmaschine: buchenwald [2017], sounding sculpture, interior.





about:

geistmaschine: buchenwald [2017] is an invention built to amplify both the presence of the viewer and memory using its own form and mechanics as catalyst. 

constructed primarily of birch wood, this sculpture’s exterior houses a hidden motor. knocking is initiated by a mechanical arm inside the work when a sensor notes the viewer’s presence. 

a machine’s acoustic knocking is programmed to be released at alternating speeds and intervals, only becoming activated when the sensor clearly marks a viewer moving away from its placement in a space.  

touching the viewer’s senses with a lingering feeling of uncertainty about what may or may not have been heard while in retreat from the seemingly inanimate work is a means of duplicating a very specific kind of haunting native to our collective, human past: when we allow hard lessons to move from our periphery, we most need their reminders to sound.





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