The Attempt


found objects, motor, wheels, wood, clamps.


The Attempt is constructed in an ad hoc fashion out of found objects, mechanical parts, wood and clamps. The movement of the tongue is driven by a motor connected to a wheel, which pushes the plastic between another, free moving wheel. The tension in the piece derives from the naïve mechanical design, which is imperfect at completing the task. The weight and length of the looped tongue work against the continuous driving movement, at times slowing down to only incremental progress, before moving regularly again some moments later.

This project reflected upon the convention of struggle in Theatre of the Absurd. Repetition and awkward movement are used to suggest difficulty in the tasks of learning and creation.