Camille Henrot: Animating horoscopes

19 June 2017

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Artist Camille Henrot talks about her new commission for ‘Electricity: The spark of life’.

In this video artist Camille Henrot talks about her commission for ‘Electricity: The spark of life’. Her installation takes the form of a zoetrope, from the Greek meaning ‘life-turning’. It is inspired by the first month of the year and by the holdings of Teylers Museum in Haarlem, which has a rich collection of objects relating to early experiments with and applications of electricity.

A series of animated characters, hand-crafted from electricity bills, fold and unfold as the mechanism rotates, recalling early experiments in bioelectricity, while a succession of life-sized hands each spark a lighter to ignite a bill.

The lighter and its flame refer to the discovery of electricity and early electrostatic generators, while the burning bills allude to a state of exhaustion arising from a never-ending excess of spending and consumption.

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