"Vision Machine #4," 2014
Wood, brass, steel, mirrors, camera, screen display, motors, paint, sensor, magnet switches, custom electronics
10 x 13 x 10 in / 25.4 x 33 x 25.4 cm
Schülke’s work is characterized by its lively interior consciousness. Revealed through a complex cycle of communication and movement, each object possesses irrational character traits or distinctive emotional features. The works from his recent series Vision Machine behave inquisitively, evoking artificial intelligence and the modern aesthetics of a research station.
In "Vision Machine #4", an attached camera arm extends from the sculpture’s insect-like body. As the object searches its immediate surroundings, an unpredictable exchange with audience is triggered. Is this a clinical device collecting data? What is it evaluating? Is it an invader, perhaps en route to a celestial body? Perhaps dental equipment that has a seemingly flirtatious streak? The video screen displays doubled images and feedback, adding to the strangeness of its behavior.
The kinetic sculpture's slow and deliberate movements are tightly balanced, spatially considering mass and weight of form - while also responding to the detected movements of the audience. Deeply influenced by Dadaist tradition and Jean Tinguely, the theme of an absurd machine reappears in Schülke's work, rooted in the tools of modern observation and precision.