moving objects


(photo:sloth by Lars Brunström)
The last two weeks has been dedicated to moving objects. First, Lawrence Malstaf gave a workshop, and this last week the swedish artist Lars Brunström was in Bergen, partly to teach at the academy, partly to help me with the prototype for an upcoming project.

Brunström gave a lecture about artists working with kinetic sculpture, showing examples from some well known and some lesser known artists.
I have collected some links to some of the artists he talked about, plus some other artists and projects related to kinetic art I have seen the last few years.

This list is by no means exhaustive (and it points in all directions), so if you think there are other artists who should be mentioned, leave a comment.

Alexander Calder (american)

inventor of the mobile (kinetic sculpture constructed to take advantage of the principle of equilibrium)
“There is more of the unpredictable about them than in any other human creation … A general destiny of movement is sketched for them, and then they are left to work it out for themselves.” — Sartre on Calder’s mobiles

calder links
wikipedia on calder
calder foundation

calder circus video filmed by Carlos Vilardebo in 1961
part 1
part 2

Jean Tinguely (Swiss)


self destruction machines, imperfect machines
wikipedia on Tinguely
installation at Jean Tingeuely museum Basel

paris, fountain and kinetic sculpture place Igor Stravinsky

P O Ultvedt (swedish)
video of an installation by Ultvedt

Rebecca Horn (german)

artist´s website
wikipedia on rebecca horn
video with an installation by Horn

Arthur Ganson (american)
artist´s website
TED presention with Arthur Ganson

Anna Strid (swedish)

artist´s website

Peter Flemming (canadian)

artist´s website
video of installation

Jean Pierre Gauthier (canadian)

main focus on making sound from the kinetic sculptures
artist´s website

lázlo moholy nagy
light space navigator

Bernie Lubell

interactive wood machines
artist´s website

Gregory Barsamian
artist´s website

chinese farmer and inventor Wu Yulu

article about Wu Yulu
video with Wu Yulu
video with Wu Yulu
Mechinal love: documentary
The film portrays people who in different ways enjoy a close relationship with a robot. We meet an old German woman who desperately seeks to keep her memories alive through talking with a baby seal robot called Paro. We also meet Professor Ishiguro who is developing androids, and who, in his current work on his own geminoid, wonders what it takes to be human.

The robot is no longer just a mechanical gadget that sits inside your coffee machine or performs monotonous, mechanical work, but made to provide meaningful presence.
The film´s website

and while we are in the robotics section, here is a link with some great images of contemporary robots.

Theo Jansen (dutch)
wikipedia on Jansen
TED presentation with Jansen

Kristoffer Myskja (norwegian)
artist´s website

atle selnes nielsen (norwegian)
artist´s website

Lawrence Malstaff (belgian)

website of his gallery with several video examples of his work

Lars Brunström
Last, but not least, check out Lars Brunström´s website with his own work, including the sloth at the top of this post.

Here is a video documentation of his snake

I have added a separate post about Len Lye.

6 Responses to “moving objects”

  1. RZPRK Says:

    you should have visited linz, austria while ars electronica festival sometime. right now we have a exibition featuring arthur ganson, in 2008, ok centre for contemporary art featured berni lubell and 2006, theo jansen whose work i find amazingly intresting considering the time he’s spent in creating the strandbeests, put his hughe beests on the main square. you may take a look at absolute machine by jeff lieberman and dan paluska, it was commissioned by absolut vodka but absolutely amazing. you can trigger it from tc, rzprk

  2. hcgilje Says:

    Hi, thanks for input.
    I was in Linz in 2006 where I saw Bernie Lubell, great installation! I met Arthur Ganson at Trondheim Matchmaking, also in 2006, and have his fantastic collection of machines on DVD.

  3. Composing motion « Conversations with spaces Says:

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  4. hcgilje Says:

    There is a big retrospective on Jean Tinguely in Norway now, until August 2nd at the Henie Onstad Art Centre outside Oslo.
    Here is a link with more info:

  5. hcgilje Says:

    there is a kinetic art exhibition currently at the new ARS electronica center, featuring among otheres, Arthur Ganson, Bernie Lubell and Maywa Denki:

    We make money not art has written a bit more about Ganson and the exhibition:

  6. talalevan Says:

    welcome to the world of engineering and art

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