Supersonic #5, 2012
Fiberglass, motion sensors, theremin, subwoofer speaker, amplifier, electric cabling, custom circuits
40 x 48 x 40 in / 102 x 122 x 102 cm
Portraying an animist worldview, Björn Schülke’s work is characterized by its lively interior consciousness. His sculptures often possess irrational character traits or distinctive emotional features, which are revealed through a cycle of behavior. Evoking artificial intelligence and the modern aesthetics of a research station, Supersonic #5 hybridizes the shape of a zeppelin airship with the stance of a bull. A theremin embedded within its body aggressively beeps and rumbles, suggesting the possibility of liftoff. Tethers of snakelike industrial cabling flow from its base, punctuated by one singular wheel – or ‘tail’.