The Bear Cycle, 2009: Text
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’.