Collection of Motion: Waterfalls (Tiered), 2018 - 2019

Collection of Motion is an art project that attempts to capture and collect motion and present it in the same way as people used to present valuable objects. Extracted from their context, the essence of each motion is displayed in their purest form via mobile phone screens that are arranged on the shelves of a stereotypical collectors cabinet. The project started with a genuine curiosity about an imaginable world where motion could be possessed, compared, exhibited and maybe even loved as it would be a valuable object. Further, we were interested in the feeling of power over the collected motion.

The type of motion plays a secondary role in the project, our interest lies rather in the expression of this artistic gesture and the new meaning that arises from such mass displays. Placed one next to another according to a pre-planned system, each motion becomes a part of the “bigger picture”. The more they are, the more they communicate about the essence of what they represent. Ultimately, such a collection of motion makes up a system through which we strive to grasp our world and construct a possible new one.

By collecting time-based phenomenon, this project is a continuation of our work with “uncollectable objects”. “Collecting things that cannot be collected” is a paradox we consider within our work. Major past projects, namely Collection of Light, Light Culture and A million Times, play theoretically or quite literally with this paradox. The human desire to hunt, collect, compare and exhibit objects plays a fundamental role in the production of art and culture. We take this drive into the realm of impossibility.

Humans since 1982
Collection of Motion: Waterfalls (Tiered)
Digital simulations, smartphones, black aluminium, electronic components
900 x 1230 x 120 mm

Collection of Motion: Waterfalls by Humans since 1982
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