Kinetic sculpture and time-based work employing electronics, mechanics, found objects, domestic appliances, furniture, water, living tree, wire, wood, steel, brass, aluminium, stainless steel, electric motors.
The chair that models itself in the image of Kafka's modern anti-hero is, by means of its appellation, also a Monument to the Isms. The author of this work, British artist Theo Kaccoufa, explains that the title acknowledges the 20th century art movements that were 'once vigorous creatures roaming the earth' and which now 'occasionally kick and struggle to regain their footing'. In manifesting this art historical critique in the ultimate image of alienation, mixed metaphors of metamorphosis abound: where Kafka begins his novella with the ridiculous but resonant proclamation that a man is now a large insect, Kaccoufa conjures the equally contentious proposal that artistic movements are an endangered species victim to the dialectical dangers of historical negation. These bold statements about modernity are brought to bear, remarkably, by a piece of furniture; that which is understood to be neither animate, nor driven by momentum, in accordance with the ascensional logic of (art-) history.
Extract from Domestic Appliance exhibition catalogue, Flowers East , 2008. Text by Ellie Harrison-Read, Curator.
Kinetic chair by Theo Kaccoufa, video and sound by Theo and Glauce Cerveira.
1998, stainless steel lemon squeezer, copper, steel, electric motor, 75 x 36 x 15 cm. Domestica series.
1998, meat grinder, steel, copper, brass, electric motor, 50 x 17 x 20 cm. Domestica series.
1998, cheese grater, steel, brass, electric motor, 23 x 11.5 x 10 cm. Domestica series.
1998, vegetable steamer, glass, steel, brass, electric motor, 30 x 46 x 40 cm. Domestica series.
Installation view, Diversion, Museum of Garden History, 2002. Commissioned by Danielle Arnaud contemporary art.
Rotating living Tree (Sophora Japonica Pendula, unharmed), motor, electronics, wood and fibreglass, 25 x 17 x 17 cm. Installation view, Diversion, Museum of Garden History, 2002. Commissioned by Danielle Arnaud contemporary art.
V22 On, V22 Contemporary Art Collection exhibition, London, 2006.
1994, chest of drawers, steel, varnish, electric pump and water, 91 x 76 x 43 cm.. Kinetic Furniture series. VIEW DETAL.
2000, steel, wood, fibreglass, cloth, electric pump, water, 161 x 74 x 41 cm.. Kinetic Furniture series.
2000-04, wardrobe, electric motor, blackboard paint, 175 x 92 x 51 cm.. Kinetic Furniture series.
2001, Wooden door, electric motors, electronics, 183 x 60 x 21 cm.. Kinetic Furniture series.
2000, chair, electric motors, electronics, 79 x 38 x 43 cm.. Kinetic Furniture series.
Wood, aluminium, brass, mild steel, polyester resin and electric motor. She measures 22 x 10 x 11 cm.