In 2016 the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam exhibited a large overview of the work of sculptor and kinetic artist Jean Tinguely (1925-1991). The Stedelijk Museum requested an interactive installation in addition to the exhibition, in wich visitors could experience and interact with the work of Jean Tinguely actively. As this was an important part of his work, but nowadays impossible because the works are too fragile and precious to be touched by the public.
We designed and built this room filling kinetic installation in the spirit of Jean Tinguely and inspired by works throughout his entire career. The installation, which was on display in the museum’s Family Lab underneath the central staircase, is powered by the visitors themselves using two bicycles and on old sewing machine. As it is set in motion, the installation moves, shakes and produced odd sounds, it lets people wonder and playfully explore the kinetic sculpture and all the moving parts that are connected to it. At the center of the installation visitors can make their own sculptures and, by collaborating with the people pedalling, have them moved further along the machine on a conveyer belt. At the end of the installtion you can find special drawing table, powered by and old treadle sewing machine. By working together people can both let the drawing wheels spin and make circular drawings that can be taken home as a souvenir.
Instalation: Arno Hoogland & François Duquesnoy
Film: Juriaan Vermoolen & Frances Ro