"From orbit" 2011
Found object kinetic sculpture, live and recorded high speed video
181" h x 165" x 63"
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This sculpture, made for the entry vestibule of the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, Australia, generates simulated video of objects traversing space above the earth. This footage is achieved by recording high speed video of space toys dropping past a high speed video camera. The automation of this functionality is achieved by robotizing the operation of a cheap consumer camcorder that includes a low resolution high speed function.
The structure incorporates three purpose built conveyor belts that transfer the toys back up the structure to be dropped again. The sculpture is essentially constructivist in that all aspects of it work towards this basic function.
Between toy drops the TV plays pre-recorded footage of me apparently weightless in the vestibule niche where the sculpture is installed. This footage is shown as shot, and was recorded without using any composite video editing techniques.
See my interview with Justin Paton, the curator of the "Unguided Tours" exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW here.
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