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Winter 2008
Working Art Grant
Recipient:
Kathryn Gohmert
Kathryn Gohmert

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Kathryn Gohmert, Geistmaschine [Buchenwald], Sounding Sculpture, 2017, Found wood, solenoid, infrared sensor

Kathryn Gohmert, Geistmaschine [Buchenwald], Sounding Sculpture, 2017
(Front and side view), Found wood, solenoid, infrared sensor, 50 x 40 x 40 cm



Kathryn Gohmert, Geistmaschine [Buchenwald], 2017, Found wood, solenoid, infrared sensor

Kathryn Gohmert, Geistmaschine [Buchenwald], Sounding Sculpture, 2017
(Interior view of knocking mechanism), Found wood, solenoid, infrared sensor, 50 x 40 x 40 cm



Geistmaschine [Buchenwald] is an invention built to amplify both the presence of the viewer and memory using its own form and mechanics as catalyst.

Constructed primarily of birch wood, this sculpture’s exterior houses a hidden motor. Knocking is initiated by a mechanical arm inside the work when a sensor notes the viewer’s presence.

A machine’s acoustic knocking is programmed to be released at alternating speeds and intervals, only becoming activated when the sensor clearly marks a viewer moving away from its placement in a space.

Touching the viewer’s senses with a lingering feeling of uncertainty about what may or may not have been heard while in retreat from the seemingly inanimate work is a means of duplicating a very specific kind of haunting native to our collective, human past: when we allow hard lessons to move from our periphery, we most need their reminders to sound.

Kathryn Gohmert is an American painter and mixed media artist working in Shanghai, China and Berlin. All contemporary art and artworks on this site are © the respective artists - All Rights Reserved.