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Motor Studies

The attention economy drives much of the Western world. This set of minimal sculptures, each with its own simple gesture from one or more motors, is an effort to metaphorize this digital space in the physical world.

Medium

  • acrylic, steel, modified electronics, various plastic components

Year

  • 2019–Present

Venues

  • The Holland Project - Reno, Nevada
  • IFL - Santa Cruz, California

Concept

Motor Studies consists of a set of 8 minimal sculptures that vie for the attention of its participants. When installed, these pieces should be laid out sparsely. The negative space serves to accentuate the simple gestures from the motors within each piece. The end result is an effort to make the attention economy physical. Functionally, each sculpture is equipped with scanning capabilities to detect the number of connected personal devices (smartphones, wearables, etc.). Increasing counts of detected devices cause each sculpture to operate more erratically and chaotically as a way of relating to the increased anxiety one feels with prolonged technology usage.

Motor study #1

Motor study #2

Motor study #3

Motor study #4

Motor study #5

Motor study #6

Motor study #7