It is ‘the art of our time,’ declared Willem Sandberg, director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, where the important ‘Bewogen, Beweging’ exhibition was held in 1961, which brought kinetic art to international prominence. Sandberg was describing the historical prescience of movement, and how the works in this exhibition, including Jean Tinguely’s meta-matic drawing machines, amplified the anxieties and dilemmas associated with an uncertain technological future and its impact on society and the arts. However the timeliness of kinetic art in the 1960s was more than just historical. It also related to the audience’s contingent experience of time in connection with the lapsed time of the work.
eCatalogue for "Shakin': The Contemporary Kinetic Aesthetic" exhibition, 30 June - 5 August 2012, Gold Coast City Gallery. Curated by Virginia Rigney. Artists: Lincoln Austin, Michael Candy, Sandra Landolt, Ross Manning, John Turier and Arthur Wicks. Essay link: http://www.theartscentregc.com.au/shakin/ex_tin.html