Logic Of Life 1994

The Logic of Life is an enigmatic and wayward machine, in which the logic of natural movement collapses and the glance loses its bearings. The machine is only lit by LED lamps, which, controlled by a computer, flicker in various frequencies. In this sparse and changeable light, you see a construction which consists of a combination of wheels resembling film reels, in various sizes, and broad belts which connect the wheels and make them turn at high speed. The construction moves like an old-fashioned mechanism, while on the belts - strips of paper - images can be seen of a small hovering figure which makes flying movements.

However, there is something amiss in The Logic of Life: the direction of the movement and the speed of the images and wheels change, they are unpredictable, illogical, and inconsistent with the construction of the machine. They sometimes seem to turn in the wrong direction. Contrary to what our modern machinery is usually trying to make us believe, this machine seems to function anything but flawlessly.

The Logic of Life is reminiscent of a viewing machine from the 19th century, and also derives its power from the mystery of the moving image, from the tension between reality and fiction. What do you really see? What are you looking at? The machine plays the viewer's expectations off against itself. It cannot be a coincidence that the flapping figure in the images recalls heroic but ill-fated attempts to fly, or the fall of Icarus. And then there is the fact that this lonely flyer is also the image of the artist himself...