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Twist

Regardless of its size, material, or finish, one can do two things with it: move it, or let it be.

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Twist (text, model and various interpretations) 
Text — see below
Model — Dimensions: 35 x 7 cm / Materials: plywood, stainless steel / Year: 2002
Interpretations — Dimensions: various / Materials: various media / Year: 2002-2009
(image above: Twist, model, 2002)


Regardless of its size,
material, or finish (fig.1), one can do two things with it: move it, or let it be.

Two types of movement are possible. The first is a movement through space, from one point to another. The other is a movement that takes place inside the object, resulting in a significant change of shape. One can accomplish these two types of movement (or a combination of both) by performing one or more actions. One can carry, pull or drag the object in its entirety, and/or twist one or more of its parts, performing these actions in any order.

Carrying, pulling or dragging the entire object forward is probably meant to move it unaltered from one point to another. But under certain circumstances, the object may change shape during one of these actions, depending on the force exerted on it, the smoothness of the joints and the stability of the configuration. When carefully handled, when the parts are stacked well and the joints are stiff, the object will probably retain its shape. However, if it is moved jerkily and the structure is shaky and the hinges loose, it will almost certainly lose its shape and take on a totally different appearance. In all other circumstances it can go both ways, but often the result is a slightly altered silhouette.

Twisting one or more parts is usually meant to bring about a change of shape. But sometimes a specific sequence of twists may cause the object to move slowly across the floor. When one torques the joints of the extreme parts towards the middle of the object, the other parts will stay where they are. But when one places one extreme part next to another, the object will travel a considerable distance across the floor. Otherwise it will usually move back and forth in the area between the two extremes of its maximum length.

Once the object is being moved, one can do two things. One can continue to move, or stop.

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 Twist, film / 2002

 

a. Small sculpture, 2002-2003

b. Small sculptures, 2002-2003

a. Small relief, 2002-2003

b. Small relief, 2002-2003

a. Sketch, 2002-2003

b. Sketch, 2002-2003

a. Twist Poster, 2003