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There, a design for a self-standing exoskeleton powered by hydraulics and electricity came to life as a hulking contraption called Hardiman 1.
The machines were a convenient scapegoat, but it is obvious that the workers sincerely believed the new contraptions were the cause of their poverty and that by destroying them they would improve their material condition.
For the first half of the tape a camera inside the contraption pointed down at Hegge's rythmically pumping, overburdened legs; for the second it filmed the sky, visible over the white crescent rim of the chamber, accompanied only by the sounds of the artist's Sisyphean exertions.
Each eye contains 50 lenses, a paltry number compared with more typical insect eyes like the fruit fly's 700-faceted vision contraption.
The oversize stellar contraption transforms the otherwise humble tubes into delicate axial luminaries, flooding the conical hail with an otherworldly, cool, and flattening light and distilling a sense of excessive luxury that belies their workaday use in offices and stores.
In 1939 an odd looking contraption called an auto giro -- 1/2 helicopter, 1/2 airplane -- transported mail from Camden, N.
From the early, reputation-making Corner Basher (a wrecking-ball-and-chain contraption let loose on the corners of the gallery) to her recent wonky cube structures, the eye is constantly drawn to the edge, where the imagination may begin its work of deformation.
Regardless, Salonen and the Philharmonic delivered the work with admirable conviction, and Silverman is a whiz on his contraption.
Add to that artists' sustained fascination with machines (painting machines, for one, along the lines of the contraption described by Alfred Jarry in Gestes et opinions du docteur Faustroll, pataphysicien [1898], itself a fairly organic invention); the meditations on waste, human or otherwise, by the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, and Piero Manzoni; and the recent wave of abject art (in which we might classify Delvoye's own turd-motif mosaics made in the early '90s)--and Cloaca, 2000, takes its rightful place as art history's greatest inevitability.
Each team has 10 hours to create an enormous contraption using only the items found in the real-life junkyard surrounded by towering piles of scrap and tools.
While this amusing wood-and-wire contraption was not in the show, it captures the idea of bricolage as more concerned with creativity and resourcefulness than practicality, as jerry-rigged ingenuity in all its humble outrageousness.