Materials: copper pipe, fan, light, lightboard, speaker, mp3 player and track, C-type prints.
Following elements from Kiesler’s work as a set of instructions, the Swindelier is an instrument for adjusting existing conditions. The creature’s many arms are each able to modulate the environment and its perception – through sound, light, wind, and with instruments of comprehension (diagrams, methodologies and other keys). It is connected to and modulates the exhibition’s lighting, and in this way also explicitly depends on and relies on the larger infrastructure of the gallery. On one of its arms it holds: The Strategy of Everything, 2015, one colour silkscreen print, daily newspaper (Claridad, 22/01/2015). The Strategy of Everything is a diagram adapted from Kiesler’s notes and upcycled to a working methodology cycle.
“The soundtrack is 20 minutes of the sound of studio work, with all the windows open, ‘to let the city in’ as Kiesler insisted was important for exhibition contexts. In the background the sounds of the school playground next to my building, as the children have their morning break, and playing on the stereo John Tilbury playing ‘all about the piano’ by John Lely, that I have been listening to a lot as I am working with both musicians at the moment. You may be able to hear the faint sound of a voice talking, it is Kiesler’s – I was working on the exhibition and listening to an mp3 of a q&a session he had, which was sent to me by the Kiesler archive.”
Swindelier Sountdtrack, 22:02.