In an empty white room some potatoes are hanging under the ceiling. The distance between the potatoes and the ceiling is not big and, probably, is not even visible for everybody. The shadows on the ceiling help to realize it. The potatoes are on the verge of fall and sticking to the ceiling. The verge is very subtle and, in principle, falls and sticking are possible (the process of electromagnetic levitation). There are magnets in the potatoes, which maintains them in a state of levitation. But the foreign body hidden inside the vegetables accelerates the decay process. That is why the potatoes will start to rot slowly and to fall but the magnet which maintained them under the ceiling will be still in a state of levitation. The fallen potato is replaced by a new one.
An air-cooled electromagnetic levitation device with a control unit is placed above the ceiling.
A magnetic field sensor is set in the lower end of the electromagnet. Magnets are fixed inside the potatoes. When a potato falls down the field of the device which attracts it intensifies. When the potato approaches to the ceiling too close the electromagnet switches off. As a result of switching on and off of the field the potato remains hanging. The distance between the ceiling and the potatoes is few centimetres.
electric steel, aluminum, acrylic, copper wire, compound, electronic components, fans, magnetic field sensors, power supplies, permanent magnets, potatoes
The project was implemented with the support of: «Artkommunalka. Erofeev and others» Kolomna NCCA-ROSIZO Moscow
2019 / Brussels / BOZAR, “The 12th TIME ZONE. A CONTEMPORARY ART REPORT FROM RUSSIA”
2013 / Kolomna / residence “Artkommunalka. Erofeev and other”