Shoes And Other Seismic Markers 鞋子与其它地震记号

Exhibition by Nina Wiesnagrotzki

Artist: Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Date: Octobor 29 - November 27, 2016
Opening: Octobor 16th, 4 pm
Artist talk: 04.11.16, at 6 pm
Location: I: project space

A can of coke.

Melbourne, March 2014. A piece of ground eases and suddenly an Australian woman falls into a one square metre sized sink hole while hanging out her washing. She would be rescued after half an hour. Maybe this unlucky woman could have taken advantage of a seismic device, as it anticipates the occurrence not only of earthquakes, but also of sink holes. A similar incident happened in Illinois in 2013 to a broker during his golf routine. Instead of his golf ball, he himself fell into a newly created hole. The frequency of sinkholes is rising as the climate changes.
Dragon, toad, ball. Regular octagon. Myth or fact? These are the components of Zhang Heng’s seismoscope. Allegedly, the first ever seismoscope was invented in China at around 100 AD. However, there’s no sufficient record of how to assemble the pieces correctly.

I read about one in particular, a recently developed adoption of Heng’s seismoscope, which serves as a vending machine. I would have liked to borrow it for my show at I: project space, unfortunately I was not able to. If I had been able to get hold of it, we would be serving Coca Cola tonight.

The sense of balance prevents the body from falling while standing or moving. Therefore the eyes, ears and some of the body's senses need to communicate with each other. The ear’s part of the balance system is called the labyrinth - it looks like a snail, or Chinese dragon.

On Earth, gravity gives weight to physical objects. Without gravity, the sense of balance would not work. Gravity puts things with mass in relation to one another. Weight to the human body and weight to the particles that operate in the labyrinth. In the Universe, gravity is responsible for many of the large scale structures, like comets, black holes and galaxies. By the way, the tail of the comet always points away from our sun.

This exhibition is the first manifestation of a long term project on Zhang Heng’s seismoscope and its contextualization. During my 4 weeks in Beijing I was focussed on the realization of sculptures. A video on this topic will be produced after the residency.


This project is supported by
Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen

艺术家: Nina Wiesnagrotzki
*地点:I: project space*




在一篇文章中,我曾读到过一个对张衡地动仪改装升级的装置模型,那是一个自动贩卖机。我很希望我可以把这个装置模型带到I: project space。但很遗憾,我没办法拿到它。如果我有这个自动贩卖机,我们今晚就能喝上可口可乐了。





Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen

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