“Inevitable frictions”

2014 | Bearings, motors, microcontrollers, sand blasted stainless steel sheet 120 x 90 cm, 6 sand blasted stainless steel balls Ø 48cm, plywood box 120 x 90 x 60 cm

Taipei Biennial 2014

The Great Acceleration - Art in the Anthropocene

13 September 2014 - 4 January 2015


For the Taipei Biennial 2014, Kuo-Wei Lin presents two works that ponder the issues of friction, consumption and the amplification of material.

Inevitable frictions consists of six sand-blasted stainless steel globes. Two rotating stainless steel globes aggressively strike against each other, motored by an electric mechanism. Kuo-Wei Lin is interested in how we experience the world through a juxtaposition of symmetry and asymmetry. Lin reduces the materiality of the globes and discreetly blurs their boundaries by sand blasting each globe. This arbitrary rotating system reflects not only the notion of time and chaos, but also references power relations – how does one globe shape another? By scrutinizing our perceptions of an ancient yet still commonplace device, Lin points out the ambivalent state of consumption.

Commissioned by Taipei Biennial 2014