Pendulum is a mechanical installation and a complex visual machine that rediscovers kinetic art through new media and neuroscience. The kinetic machine uses RGB LED diodes programmed according to the logic of cyclic rotation or pulsation of the POV principle (Persistence of Vision). A dematerialised image in the form of a light field is produced by the powerful circular rotation of LED diodes that emulate a photographic matrix in time. With the algorithm for calculating the distance in relation to speed in a circular movement, the image is simultaneously appearing and disappearing.
Rotation is a gesture of gathering pixels from LED diodes into a unique phantom image. With such software and electonics the mechanism constructs a photograph of a harrow writing in a person’s back. Harrow is a component part of the ideological apparatus from Kafka’s story In der Strafkolonie (1914), where it writes Laws into the individual’s body and his or her subjectiveness, as society inscribes its rules onto our identities. Pendulum presents identity as an always discursively constructed and ideologically mediated.
In collaboration with: Technical assistance by Andrej Primožič and Janez Zupan
Year of production: 2007-2008