Useless Object

Ief Spincemaille, 2010

Concept and realization: Ief Spincemaille | Distributed by Werktank | With the support of the Flemish Autorities

Previously
2010 - Multiple Solitude, De Garage, Mechelen (Belgium)

A drilling machine is sawn into two parts. The upper part, with the engine, is attached to the top of a transparent cylinder, upon which are fixed forty leather straps. This construction rests on the shoulders of the spectator. The lower part of the drilling machine is comprised of the handgrip with an on/off switch allowing the spectator to stabilize the machine and control its speed. When the cylinder is static, the straps remain completely vertical, leaving the spectator in total darkness.

When the cylinder rotates, the power of centrifugal force makes the straps move towards the outside, away from the head of the viewer. Bit by bit, the surrounding environment becomes gradually visible. Fade in the “real” world.

Unfortunately the work became very heavy and dangerous, so it became a Useless object.