Apr
10
2004
<em>Planet Space Rover</em>
 

Björn Schülke
Planet Space Rover, 2004
Fiberglass, wood, metal, motors, monitor, cameras, microphone, loudspeaker, sensors, and solar cells
59 x 59 x 115 in / 150 x 150 x 292 cm
118.1 in / 300 cm, diameter
114.2 in / 290 cm, height
Installation view at Kunstraum Fuhrwerkswaage, Germany.

Björn Schülke pursues a creative style that is equally influenced by modern abstraction and instruments of scientific measurement. The slow deliberate movements in his sculptures spatially consider mass and weight of form. Also influenced by the Dadaist tradition and Jean Tinguely, the theme of an absurd machine is key in Schülke’s work. Playfully transforming live spatial energy into active responses, his objects experiment with solar panels, infrared surveillance, and propelled wind power. Many of his larger kinetic sculptures combine elements of surveillance technologies, robotics, interactive video and sound. Schülke’s active sculptures question the way in which we interact with modern technology: on entering the installation site, the audience becomes part of the ‘system’ as the works (some freestanding, others suspended) monitor or react to the human element.

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Installation view at Kunstraum Fuhrwerkswaage, Germany.

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Installation view at The Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Center for Art, Belgium.
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