For Manifesta 11 in Zürich (Switzerland), the artist Jon Kessler created a complex kinetic sculpture titled The World is Cuckoo (Clock). The artwork appears to be driven by the tiny tourbillon mechanism from inside a watch that was specially designed by Officine Panerai’s master watchmaker Adriano Toninelli. The miniature movement of the tourbillon is transferred through cylindrical zoetropes up to a neon sign that reads ‘the world is cuckoo clock’. Actually the sculpture is powered by other means – making the hoax a metaphor for ‘cuckoo’ manipulations of power. During Manifesta 11, the work is on display at the Les Ambassadeurs shop in Bahnhofstrasse in Zürich.
Jon Kessler: The World is Cuckoo (Clock) 2016, Manifesta 11, Zürich. Les Ambassadeurs, Zürich (Switzerland), July 8, 2016.
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