The sculpture arose out of the desire to make a disappearing sculpture. The thought was to make fragile ceramic bells, hit by metal hammers, that would wear the bells down over time. The machine was programmed to start gently, then play increasingly hard, until the bells would be destroyed and there would be no more sound, thus making for a self-destructing sculpture. The structure of the sounds in time is determined by a simulated Poisson process, which is a statistical model that is used to simulate the random occurrence of natural phenomena, such as the falling of raindrops. Some things I enjoyed aesthetically about the work is the paper-like appearance of the folded thin bells; how the marks and bubbles resulting from its making are preserved in the clay; and how the hammering devices also look like microphones on stands. Bells was made for Everything Must Go, a one-night exhibition at Nest, The Hague, 2017.
Bells, 2017

Photos by Tamara Stanislaw
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