Machines for Vanishing

The cycle Machines for Vanishing explores the ambivalent human relationship with physical reality and nature. At the same time the object aims at capturing the primal elements and immersing ourselves in them.

 

  • Machine for Wind, 200x200x60cm sheet steel, car paint, 2021

 

Machine for Wind, Piaskarnia Bielany, Warsaw, fot. Remi Urant

 

Machine for Wind, in front of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

„Machine for WInd” refers to air flows in Warsaw. When cities were designed, green areas were left undeveloped, forming the so-called aeration corridors. There are 9 such corridors on the 1928 map of Warsaw. Currently, only the one along the Vistula River remains entairly unspoiled by the urban development. In 2018 The Bródno Corridor completely ceased to exist .

Disturbed airflow in Warsaw was my inspiration for the „Machine for Wind” composition, which opens and closes like a breath, depending on the strenght and direction of the wind.

The project „Machine for WInd” from the cycle „Machines for Vanishing” is carried out as a part of the „Mobile in Culture” Program, run by the Other Space Foundation, organized and financed by the City of Warsaw.

 


  • A-21, 850x500x180cm, bamboo, paintings, patchworks, epoxy resin, 2021

 

A-21 constructionCentre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, 2021, fot. Michał Matejko

A-21, Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, 2021, fot. Michał Matejko

A-21 wings cover, patchworks from paintings, Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, 2021, fot. Michał Matejko

A-21 is an aeroplane made of bamboo and paintings. The machine explores the ambivalent human relationship with physical reality and nature. At the same time the object aims at capturing the primal elements and immersing ourselves in them.
The structure of A-21 is inspired by the construction of 14 BIS created by Carlos Santos Dumont in 1906. Dumont was an utopian idealist who believed that aviation would eventually connect the world and that the borders would disappear. The talented inventor comitted suicide when aviation began to be used for military purposes. A-21 is a new object with some parameters of 14 BIS changed. Instead of silk used in 14 BIS, Marta Kawecka used patchworks of her paintings to cover the wings. Paintings remain the emotional memory and had originally been composed from different textures, structures and layers.
The creating process of A-21 reminds the simulation of genetic proceses in AIPOTU software. The letter „A” in the object’s name stems from it. AIPOTU helps students of genetics to learn how to change the properties of a given structure by modifying certain individual data. Kawecka combines her artwork with Dumont’s construction and gives a new life, context and meaning to both of them. Both genetics and art could be seen as the epitome of human wilingness to simultaneously influence the world and study it in depth, regardless of the consequences.
„A-21. The Machine for Vanishing” was created during the residency in the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko.