Peter William Holden presented three Dance Machines named Arabesque, Vicious Cycle and SoleNoid β as part of Merge Festival, a series of arts events currently taking place around London’s Southbank area. The sinister-looking machines act out dance routines on spotlit-platforms in a darkened room off Borough Road.
The Leipzig-based artist designed the mechanised sculptures, made up of prosthetic limbs and body parts mounted on steel frames, to perform repetitive movements to well-known classical music by Sergei Prokofiev and Johann Strauss.
“I have attempted to create work which falls somewhere between conventional notions of pictorial art and a kind of performance,” Holden told Dezeen.
The kinetic sculptures are activated via computer controlled pneumatic air pumps that use bursts of compressed air to make the components move. The sudden change in air pressure creates a noise for each movement.
The steel skeletons of the frames are left exposed, so visitors can see the cabling that attaches the parts to the air pumps….
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