On Monday October 12th we took a 4 x 4 meter square for a walk.*
It was made out of plastic yellow pipes constructed by Cameron at Lab Land. We then walked from KABK to the Zandmotor via the main shopping streets in the Hague. The journey took about 2.5 hours. It was particularly interesting to pass the heavily peopled places, where many found a passing by oversized square highly amusing. We got a lot of surprised comments and some even jumped through our square. I particularly enjoyed observing the people’s faces; when upon seeing the huge square, a smile spread across their face. This little absurdity seemed to make their moment.
Sophia Bulgariova documented our journey.
* The initial idea of bringing the square to the Zandmotor was part of a bigger plan. The plan was to construct a Sweat Lodge for Winter Solstice (December 21st). The square would then have been the base of our tent, so we wanted to bring it to see how many people we could fit. However, in the end that project was put aside, thank god, as it was too ambitious for the time being. In hindsight, I much more enjoyed this action of taking a square for a walk by itself and so now see it as a work on its own. Its magic for me is how the square interacted in the public, social built space of the outside and how people reacted to it. I also really like the feeling of carrying strange objects through public space. It takes you out of the mundane. And the dedication of amplifying the distance to the Zandmotor by walking it gives the action weight.
My initial idea was to tie myself to the Argus mast and run towards the Sea, but the rope I had was too short and the body of the mast too long for this to become a reality. I like the Romance of this thought however.
My solution was to fly. As it was EXTREMELY windy that day, I decided to tie myself instead to a much smaller body on the Zandmotor beach, a square pole and lean on the wind for support, and try to hover. The rope started to pull on my stomach which kind of hurt so I stopped this experiment, but in the process I found that I could actually make circles in the sand by using my body as compass as the wind pushed me in one direction to make rotations.
I am obsessed with circles so this discovery excited me extremely!
to use body as compass to make circles in the sand. Geometry on human scale. Use different lengths of rope to make “uzori” as we say in Russian or special patterns.
On Dec 7th during our presentations I performed this action. The feedback I got is that there is no tension and it is boring to look at someone making these. It would be much more interesting to not see the process of how they are made and just happen on them, as humanity did with Crop Circles. Hiding the process gives them more mystery.
Do it obsessively for 24 hours to really see a difference. I like to perform and I like to do things obsessively so this is the option I think I would like to work with.
always takes longer
It’s rainy, but not cold.
Today I plan to tie myself
to the all-seeing mast called Argus
and run towards the Sea.
I want to involve my body more in the immediate environment.
Zandmotor visit, Nov 9, 2015
An unexpected addition to the sculpture was the sound it made as it turned.
Because the arms were slightly off balance, the outer tube scraped against the inner pole. This created a haunting and eerie sound of metal on metal.
Due to the conductive resonance of the metal, the vibrations passed along the arms of the sculpture and were magnified by the bowls on either end. It had the resultant effect of the sound emanating from the bowls as they turned, projecting the sound outwards in different directions.
This unanticipated phenomenon provides a very interesting path to explore; to create a kinetic sculpture so that it produces sound.
The sketches and completed sculpture.
I placed the sculpture next to the metal tower because I felt they had a connection as both are metal protrusions from the zandmotor.
It interacted well with the sunlight, shining brightly as it turned. You could also see your distorted reflection in the stainless steel bowls.
These are some of my sketches and ideas that I would be interested to work with in the future.