eventa 2 / International Art Exhibition / theme WIND / June - October 1995 / ekeby qvarn / Uppsala - Sweden

 

A Wind Called Progress

FAW 10

HISTORY IS AN ANGEL / BEING BLOWN BACKWARDS INTO THE FUTURE/

HISTORY IS A PILE OF DEBRIS /

AND THE ANGEL WANTS TO GO BACK AND FIX THINGS / TO REPAIR THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN BROKEN /

BUT THERE IS A WIND BLOWING FROM PARADISE /

AND THE WIND KEEPS BLOWING THE ANGEL / BACKWARDS INTO THE FUTURE /

AND THIS WIND, THIS WIND / IS CALLED /

PROGRESS.

song by laurie anderson based on a walter benjamin text

 

Wind as cultural phenomena

Wind is nothing else but air masses in movement. As all natural phenomena is a matter of study to obtain it's understanding / prediction / use / commercialisation. It is the cultural interpretation of the wind undressed of all romantic rhetoric.

There are machines that use wind to create power, to supply other machines to produce wind.

We did a possible archaeology of wind.

Ekeby Qvarn is an Art Space placed in an old water-mill surrounded by a beautiful landscape with nature's complete attributes: lake, forest, river, and all that, really pretty. The mill have been renovated and converted in an art gallery. The basement conserves the mill's old character and the wooden mechanism to produce flour.

In the basement of the mill we installed the three wind-power-generator's propellers (10 m. length x 1.40 m wide x 0.70 m. thick, each); suffocated and motionless, like stranded whales.

Around them 8 boxes, of the type that is used to be seeing in the Museums of Natural Sciences, containing reproductions in plaster of objects found-in-excavations like: objects that produces wind; obsolete symbols of a technique in continuous change, the progress. In the glass of the boxes, applied in copper, can be seen the equations that allow to calculate the changes of the wind.

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In this large standing box can be observed, over samples of carpets, a plaster cast of the remains of a hoover, probably made in U.S.A. during the 60's

It was found, as the other object of this collection, in a household-ware graveyard. The body, and the snake-like neck are uncompleted, but the mouth it is perfectly conserved and rich in details. It's function was to blow backwards.

The next boxes, suspended in the air, show casts of five different models of compressed-air guns. Origin and date unknown, probably Sweden, late 70's. The function was to blow short gusts forward in high speed.

In the standing box, on top of a burned background, we can see the cast of what may have been a mean predator.

This 1000 watt powered hot wind blower could burn every soft material that crossed its breath. Observe that even parts of the supplying cable are preserved in this exemplar, made in Germany in the beginning of the 80's.

In a second room, a floor up, three more boxes

 

This box presents casts of two machines with the same porpoise: to blow warm air forwards, but in spite of the similarities, they are not relatives with the one shown before.

The one to the left is a very well preserved exemplar made in Germany in the 70's, notice the detail of the supplying cable. On the right an exemplar made in Japan in the 80's, notice the plug beside the machine.

Hanging on the wall, this box contains the most rare exemplar of this collection. This very fragile cast, done in plaster thin as a paper and laying over a bed of dry dark leaves, shows a very ancient wind-producing device.

The lack of cables or any other powering attribute tells that have been hand moved, shaking it back and forwards to produce a weak gust. Made in China, in a large period of time.

  ..blowing the angel backwards into the future.

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