Friday, December 6, 2013

Culture: Chris Burden - Extreme Measures @New Museum, New York City

(Drivebycuriosity) - Are you interested in cutting edge art? Do you enjoy new and provocative developments in the world of art? Then you might visit the New Museum on New York´s trendy Bowery (newmuseum).

As the name suggests, the place specializes in new and experimental art forms shown at alternate exhibitions. Last April I reported about a show that took a look on some kinky sides of sex (driveby). This week I visited an exhibition called "Chris Burden: Extreme Measures". The show runs through January 12, 2014.

The museum presents - in their own words - "a selection of Burden’s work focused on weights and measures, boundaries and constraints, where physical and moral limits are called into question".

I was fascinated by his display "A Tale of two Cities" that shows "two cities that are in war with each other". You can see there two miniature cities with around five thousand toys, sand, plants and boulders.

I also was impressed by an installation called "All the submarines of the United States of America", which contains 625 miniature cardboard submarines.

Other installations play with the rule of mechanics and thermodynamics. You  can see for instance a motorcycle which is connected with a large and heavy cast-iron flywheel. They let the machine run with highest speed for some minutes which sets the connected wheel spinning. Then they turn the machine off and the wheel continues to spin for hours by itself thanks to the stored kinetic energy.


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