SKY-REACHING HAMMOCK", 2000, Poznan, Poland.
Project for kinetic outdoor sculpture. Proposed total dimensions: 2400
x 7200 x 7200 cm. Steel, aircraft cable, propellers with reduction gears.
Model in 1:8 scale.
Propellers are pointed to various directions in relation to the wind.
By the system of gears they lift or lower down the particular sides of
the form that hangs freely among free poles, so form rotates very slowly
around the axis and also moves up and down, left and right within the
limited area among the poles. The form is designed for only one spectator
who can get inside and experience slow changes of its position against
the horizon while the form is suspended among the poles. Actually, direction
of constant movement of the form is unpredictable because depends of the
wind. Slow motion of the form with a spectator inside is more like a dynamic
levitation with the only purpose to give oneself Up to Space and to stop
oneself in the Middle of Time.
(To be maintained in The Center for Contemporary Polish Sculpture in Oronsko,
Poland in 2002. Project got
is the greatest hole.
A meditation of nature in the broad meaning of the word, meditation of
the space, body, mind, or cosmos as the whole is the purpose of those
two projects. I have forgotten about time but not accidentally, becouse
the meditation is taming and even temporarily neutralizing the time. What
does this mean to neutralize the time ? Is an ascertainment that nothing
is having any special meaning ? Or, that everything is gaining unexpectedly
on it's meaning ? (We are speaking of course about the comprehesive grasping
of the Sens, possesing a very large emotional character.)
The axis of the project is a person standing in the face of experience
of time and space as a certain elementary fact of life. The word "form"
may be misleading, becouse not form is important here but participation
in the process which are the passage of time, the experience of surrounding
space, the energy of the wind, the sun and the like, namely the qualities,
that from the begining, were the part of art.
The individually experienced dimension of the time and space has becoming
the "form" while the artifact itself is limited to possible
minimum in order not to disturb the Nature.
Hanging 10 metres above the ground and changing slowly its position to
the horizon and also to the surface of the earth, thanks to accidental
blowing of the wind, being schorched by the sun, sprinkled by the rain,
being more or less of nature's mercy than standing firmly on the earth
or sitting in the car, it's maybe more easy to give prejudices up in relation
to our place and surrounding world.
The real space is the most authentic theatre, embracing all our senses:
sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste; and all of us "in the middle"
of it, creating a temporary, peculiar centre. Energy and space, wind and
space, sun and space, etc; and "nothing more", no need for any
particular idea, like revealed truth or even idea of individual freedom,
except this one of space-energy and us as the unity, may be everything
that is indispensable to live. The whole historical and artistic ballast
is unnecessary. The form, event - in - space constitutes the axis or the
focal point. As a kinetic form, depending of Nature's processes, let it
move the way nobody could anticipate. This way it will take the whole
We have here the artistic situation where among the other things clouds
are creating the Time. Clouds travelling from nowhere to nowhere, could
be an adequate material for the form through which we surpass the common
concept of time. Lets the common concept of time be changed into another
one which will help us discover the space anew. Let the Time be created
by chance.Space and Time as a values in itself, ( paramount ?!), particularly
today, when we do not know the limits of time and outer space. Let's try
to use the open space as a lens through which we look at culture.
Let's use that what is ready to use, ie. nature, it's constancy, to certain
degree fortuity and consequence. It's equilibrium can be a base for obtention
the human equilibrium (Taoist Philosophy Of Nature), it's slow, no dramatic
changes, only exceptionally taking place events more impetuous, like tornadoes,
earthquakes etc. Thus the equilibrium of nature, which we are part of,
doesn't cause, that we ourselves, can feel like being inner ballanced,
Let's imagine an artistic project like "The Cloud Room" or "Sky-reaching
Hammock", realized not only in an not unurbanized location, but where
no "conventional human time" applies, as upon the desert. An
artistic idea which can be worth of notice today, that may possible to
avoid the artistic connoisseurship is tending to evoke the idea of "naked",
unarmed man in extensions, in technics, but also in art ?!
Be stopped " in the middle" of Time and be devoted to Space,
thus to the Immemorial Chance Of Life.
Looking at the upgrowing possibilities of living organisms, for example
bean and creation of the mind. Inside the CLOUD ROOM we can plant bean
or another immune plant. This way the form gains seasonal passenger. (Bean
inside the CLOUD ROOM - there are living organisms in art). Why bean inside
the CLOUD ROOM? There are some analogies. This is making of the biological
evolution - which we are placing inside of production of the mind belonging
to cultural - civilized evolution. The mind without nourishment such a
bean, will not possessed any power for creativity. Both organisms are
exposed to the same conditions, seeds of bean planted into special receptacles
are something of the kind of capsules, possessing their own naturally
by evolution developed mission, which in this form came into being on
the earth. Similarly the CLOUD ROOM is also a capsule that we were really
and symbolically sent into the space, also with the help of collective
imagination. There goes about symbolical. It's a question of symbolical
accentuation of links between creative power of nature and human mind.
(The mobility of these both elements, the rounded seed of bean and having
form of a cuboid the CLOUD ROOM. Well, bean looks like much better creature).
I think that particularly these works of art, that have been devoted for
the open space should be able to act as living organisms and the powers
of nature should propel them, both literally and metaphorically. One shouldn't
mix energy - something existing outside should profit from all possible
attributes of the open space. (And furthermore, bean inside the CLOUD
ROOM is it not a little surrealistic agglomeration?) Is something more
excellent from the creatures of nature? But these formations were evolving
billions of years, it is simply unimaginable horizon of time. This time
it is like eternity for us. What we get through such a eternity ?
Is it not wonderful that world is such a surprise, such an undiscovered
rebus ? (These organisms that are not be able to improve - are disappearing.
But from the other side is it not strange, that we not knowing everything
right now, about the structure and nature of the world, as it were at
once? This inventive part of artistic intuition is alike a creation of
new facts on scientific meaning.