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Burlington City Arts

Bjoern Schulke: Traveling Spy

June 13, 2014 - July 19, 2014

Based in Cologne, Germany, Björn Schülke is informed by Dadaist traditions, randomness and the absurd. Schülke’s sharp, three-dimensional compositions merge Alexander Calder’s mobiles and the sonic circuitry of Peter Vogel’s sound sculptures into kinetic sculptures. The sculptures demonstrated Schülke’s interest in modern abstraction, music, and instruments of scientific measurement, as well as his desire to disrupt life as usual. By activating motion sensors embedded within the piece, viewers awakened the precisely constructed sculptures. Once activated, the sculptures’ slow and deliberate movements were playful and anthropomorphic. The cameras and video monitors embedded in the work suggested surveillance and artificial intelligence. They alluded to our shared interest in machine-creatures and left us suspicious about whether we are interacting with an absurdly elaborate device used by a spy or the actual spy itself.

 

Exhibition sponsored by Hotel Vermont

Exhibition year sponsored by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment For The Arts

Farrell Distributing, Harpoon Brewery and Fluid Bar Service were proud sponsors of BCA Center exhibitions and events