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Installation, 2010

Arduino; microcontroller, proximity sensors, servo motors, bicycle spokes, metal frame; felted wool hats

Felting: Hannes Kivits

Robotics and programming: Alexey Grachev

In Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”, Raskolnikov pondered the question: “Am I a trembling creature, or do I have the right?” This installation answers both parts of this question positively: yes, you are a trembling creature, and yes, you do have the right... to tremble from any change in the world, like these felted hats by the Estonian artist, Hannes Kivits. These hats start to move, or rather to tremble, from any gesture by the viewer. Perhaps they literally follow the mandate of Paul the Apostle “to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Or they remind us that life is movement — unlike the immovable stones in the Arctic Circle, that strangely enough served as an inspiration for this work.

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