12 April 2012

Tube by Zilvinas Kempinas



I knew about some works of  Zilvinas Kempinas, even I published some of them while ago such as his Double O consisting in two large electric fans at two loops of magnetic tape causing them to seemingly perpetually fly and dance between the fans. But I don't remember to see this great installation called "Tube" which is also built using the same material that Zilvinas Kempinas usually uses, magnetic tape from old VHS. Tube was created in Atelier Calder, Saché, France and then was set up for the Lithuanian pavilion in Venice, 2009. Tube installation offers an optical experience to the viewer creating lots of different moire visual effects,  and as well as a perception of the body and architecture. See more;

“I am attracted to things that are capable of transcending their own banality and materiality to become something else, something more. I like the way that videotape is simultaneously delicate and durable, since it’s meant to last. I can rip it easily with my hands because it’s so thin, but I can also stretch it. Videotape is made to present the world in color, but it appears purely black. It’s supposed to be this safe container of the past, but it is destined to vanish like a dinosaur, to become obsolete, pushed away by new technologies. It’s a familiar mass-produced commodity, but it can be surprisingly sensual and can look almost alive if set in motion. It can be seen as a solid, thick, black line, but it can also disappear right in front of your eyes if it’s turned on its side” - Zilvinas Kempinas




TUBE, Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Lithuanian Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009.


"Tube", 2008. Installation at Atelier Calder, France