Languages to Reform the Body is a kinetic sculpture made in collaboration with Mannesh Raj Madahar, and with support from Liminal Space.

The process behind the sculpture was organized in such a way as to route the energies which usually fall into engineering and design, toward a fluid building and construction process based in the ‘spontaneous wisdom’ of materials, rather than ideas. Every step of the design process was informed solely by decisions made in prior steps, ad infinitum, such that the end result would be as maximally different from our initial expectations for the project.

What emerged was a multi-faceted site-specific installation, featuring a large octagonal podium (6ft x 30in), upon which rotated at high velocity a two-way mirror octagon (12in x 30in), within which was nested another, (12inx12in) two-way mirror cube, at the center of which was a stationary hand-built strobe-light. Custom electronics allow us to control the speed of the strobe in relation to the speed of the overall octagonal rotation; generating ghostly effects within the viewers perception of time and space.

Languages to Reform the Body documentation video
Made in collaboration with children from the local neighborhood

Process oriented documentation, 2011

Thanks to:
Henry S. Rosenthal
Tana Sprague