15 December 2009

The Bear Cycle, 2009

24 November–12 December, 2009
Seventh Gallery
155 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065
Australia

Showing in the night window projection screen at Seventh Gallery is a bear riding a bicycle, attached by a strange contraption to a pedestal on which a matador stands.  The bear chases the matador’s flag, the matador is consistently spun away from the bear — it’s a ‘Catch 22’ that makes us ask, what kind of animations would Samuel Beckett have made?

The actual animation runs for around six seconds, but it is looped indefinitely — and so seamlessly (since the characters, themselves, are stuck in a loop) — that its real duration really depends on the audiences fascination with the movement and the setup.  What is really going on here is the tension between two characters, forming a kind of ‘perpetual motion machine’.