Quadrature (DE) LOOP

2014, installation

Two identically constructed robotic arms stand next to a fish bowl containing a robotic fish. One arm catches the swimming fish and puts it on a flat surface. The other arm collects the fish and throws it back into the water.

This alleged conflict between the two robots over a third machine will not develop or change in any way. All participants will continue to play their part according to their code – the fish remains at the complete mercy of both arms while they continue their tasks relentless and unimpressed. Only the observer stands aside waiting for the punch line of this absurd game. Yet the two unemotional, prosaic players and their toy will stick to their routine – performing it over and over again.

LOOP was created together with a former member of Quadrature, Jan Bernstein.

Quadrature (DE)

Quadrature’s artistic research focuses on data and physical experiments. The Berlin-based group pursues a transdisciplinary approach, using various media such as time-based performance and installation as well as classical sculptural and two-dimensional works.

For some years, they have been focusing specifically on the methods and stories involved in exploring the cosmos. For Quadrature, the Universe represents an intangible but very real place for their reflections, evoking both the most elemental emotions and the most advanced scientific theories. The boundaries and limitations that the human mind and its physical representations encounter resonate in all their works.

The members Juliane Götz, Sebastian Neitsch, and formerly Jan Bernstein (until 2016) have won several awards and scholarships for their artistic practice, including a distinction from the Prix Ars Electronica in 2015 and 2018, scholarships from the Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and LaBecque, and a fellowship from PODIUM Esslingen and the Hertz-Lab of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Their works have been shown around the world in various exhibitions and venues.