How to Keep Kinetic Art Moving



October 18, 2016

Jean Tinguely, Gismo, 1960. © Gert Jan van Rooij. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam, 2016 (Source)


When kinetic art goes in for a tune-up, the mechanic may not get called in right away: Prior to action, there's a lot of talk. It's not simply about whether or not the object can be fixed, but whether it should. Is it too fragile for treatment? Will running the motor for long periods of time cause too much damage? And how essential is motion anyway—does this particular work still have meaning in its frozen state?

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