In 2018 V2 Lab for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam invited artists to send in project proposals. The assignment was: find works in our archives that can be improved with the technology of today and/or of which a new, original version can be made.
My choice for the contest was ‘Sculptures’ by Tàmas Waliczky (1997), a work I had not seen before. It clearly shows parallels with my earlier works, and I had the distinct impression I could indeed improve it.
The parallels I saw in Waliczky’s work are in, amongst others:
- Spinning Tops (2002), in which a top goes into a spin over time.
- Drinking a Cup of Coffee in 180° (2004) and On the Origin of Butterflies (2005), both paintings combined with video; they depict a summary of evolving time.
- An A1 drawing from 2008, based on similar ideas.
Unfortunately my proposal was not accepted. Executing it myself is impossible for lack of the necessary tools but I hope to realise it at a later date.
The works No. 1, 2 and three, which were attached to my proposal, are shown here as I find them visually interesting and as the underlying idea fits perfectly into the ‘Form Change’ theme which I have worked on for quite a while now and which I plan to continue in a number of animation videos.
Every Movement Creates a Shape No.4 Spinning Top
An animated interpretation of the three-dimensional work ‘Spinning Tops’ (2002).
Every Movement Creates a Shape No.3
I make a movement from a sitting to a standing position. The first shot shows the shape of my movement but it gets smaller. In the second part the whole movement (and therefore the shape) is unchanged.
Every Movement Creates a Shape No.2
A virtual character makes a movement the second half of which crystallizes. The camera moves around the shape to show it completely.
Every Movement Creates a Shape No.1
A ball moves from left to right. Each of its movements in space and time is transformed into a crystal form. Walicsky called his ‘frozen movements’ ‘time crystals’, hence the material chosen: glass.
In the Transformation theme the artist wants to study different ways of creating works of art that, in the broadest sense, change their form, colour or medium.