A Magnet That Speaks Also Attracts

Gordon Monahan

1986, 09:30 minutes, colour, English


This is a documentary of a mechanical performing sculpture that is a combination medieval weapon system and modern musical audio system. It examines the loudspeaker as a vibrating magnetic membrane and mobile living object. The loudspeaker is catapulted at a large magnet, which it sticks to. It is mechanically removed and this process is repeated. The speaker is broadcasting circa 1959 Space Music which is playing on a record player that is also attached to the catapult. The sculpture is installed at the Eye Revue Gallery in Union Station. The public reacts/ignores the installation.

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