ethical kinetics – Diane Landry

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Canadian artist Diane Landry creates art that calls attention to the threat posed to the earth’s clean water supply. In this kinetic-sound installation, entitled Knight of the Infinite Resignation, Landry attached 237 plastic clear bottles containing sand to 12 metal wheels. As they spin around, the bottles represent the 12 months of the year and the 12 hours of the day, with the sand inside shifting around like an hourglass.

With its cyclical, never-ending nature, the installation has an ominous, repetitive evocation of death, suggesting the apocalyptic nature of our technological obsessions. With water conspicuously absent from the bottles, they are dried up and engaged in a continuous cycle of emptiness.

‘The short-sightedness of human management of natural resources is made pitifully obvious by the work’s evocation of cosmic time, in comparison with which the human lifespan and even the existence of the species seem simply irrelevant. And there is something terrifying about this assemblage, which is so cold and serene, so unperturbed by the viewer’s presence,’ notes the artist.

Check out a vide of the installation here!

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