Tomasz Drewicz – „The Loop”
(mixed media – ferrofluid, wood, plexiglass, stock exchange indices, mechanical parts)
Signet rings were placed in separate showcases where they are constantly exposed to a strong magnetic field. This field affects, (introduced in the place of a jewel), ferrofluid which is one of the most widespread available intelligent substance. It is a liquid with magnetic properties belonging to the group of magnetorheological materials (MR) — changing density. It may change its viscosity under the influence of a magnetic field. In response to this stimulus, the ferrofluid gets organized in an orderly manner, forming a structure similar to the crystal. Hidden in the showcases, strong neodymium magnets are placed on a movable „platform”, whose micro-movements were coupled with the control device.
Adapting to the changes in this field, the smart material remains in a constant state of formation. Dynamics of these CHANGES is determined (through programmed controller) by the value of the major indexes, of selected by me stock exchanges of the world, which in the form derived from the stock exchange, as a flowing sequence of numeric values is also presented in the gallery space (see photos). In this way, the form currently taken by one of the smart substances (ferrofluid), will be directly dependent on the activity of these other substances, i.e. the stock and society — that is, indirectly, all of us.
The Loop involves the polemic with the wider value of art — whether it’s purely aesthetic, whether it’s sentimental, and ultimately historical or economic. Any financial income (from the presentation of work, the possible sale or other forms of income), which this specific installation could bring, will be used to purchase shares of one of investment funds. I’m very curious to know, what could, Joseph Beuys, say about it. After all, he postulated: „I would like the rule of art and the economic principle to overlap. But then the economic principle will be the concept of art, and the principle of art will become an economic concept”.