In a darkened room, a large array of beautiful carved wooden scenes depict small town life. In the middle of the scenes, a video camera on the end of a long robotic arm swoops around, zooming in and out of the mechanically animated wooden scenes.
Alongside, an electric guitar is quietly plucked, bashed and strummed by an assemblage of spidery metal machines. In a second space, a small cinema has been created and we enter to see the little scenes the robotic machines are videoing projected live onto the big screen. Here the hidden details of the diorama are revealed and an animated story unfolds - accompanied by the floating sounds of the guitar.
Fulcrum was IOU’s fourth commissioned project for Junction Goole. Continuing with IOU and Goole’s strategy to develop innovative, digitally complex work for new audiences. The installation, which includes film, sculpture, animation and performance and kinetic dioramas was developed in Summer 2013 in association with artists Jim Bond, Andy Plant and Richard Wincer.