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Two Hundred and Seventy Plastic Bags Rhythmically Inflate in a New Installation by Nils Völker

November 9, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Two hundred and seventy white garbage bags hang like ghosts in the columned hall of Vienna, Austria’s Museum für agewandte Kunst (MAK) for the exhibition Sagmeister & Walsh: Beauty. The piece is by Nils Völker (previously), and is titled after the number of bags present in the installation. Over 1000 precisely installed fans and 45 circuit boards keep their movement on track, helping to rhythmically inflate and deflate the hanging plastic objects. The repetitive crinkling fills the vast hall, creating an audio texture akin to the rustling of tissue paper or the sound of the tide on a sandy beach….

 

 



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Bits and Pieces: An Expandable Kinetic Toy Sphere Installation by Nils Volker

April 18, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Bits and Pieces, 2016. Nils Völker. Plastic balls, wood, motors, custom electronics and programming, size variable. Photo by Bresadola+Freese/drama-berlin.de For his latest kinetic installation titled Bits and Pieces, artist Nils Volker (previously) repurposed 108 toy Hoberman spheres which he suspended from microcontrollers inside a space at NOME Gallery in Berlin. Once attached to motors, the spheres are then synchronized to various rhythms and patterns to create moving sequences that mimic living organisms. The piece was on view through last week, but you can see more photos on Volker’s website. Photo by Bresadola+Freese/drama-berlin.de Photo by Bresadola+Freese/drama-berlin.de Photo by Bresadola+Freese/drama-berlin.de Photo by…