Artist Björn Schülke develops his kinetically interactive objects with playful ease. Inspired by scientific research, mechanical and aviation engineering, astronautics and bionics, technical product and industrial design, architecture and the light-weight mode of construction, they exude a special, aesthetic appeal – in form and content. Artistically Björn Schülke takes up dadaist ideas and the kinetic machine playhouse of Jean Tinguely. In creative conflict between high- and low-technology, his filigree hanging and standing objects, made of carbon and aluminum, equipped with photovoltaics, motors, displays and cameras allegedly appear as promising achievements of a high-tech world. The beholder becomes participant in and witness to movement and perception processes, of which the function and purpose remain ominously unknown. Recently, we’ve had the pleasure to catch up with the exceptional German artist for a quick chat.
What’s the first thing that you think of when you wake up in the morning?
It’s too early!
What makes you forget time?
To ride my road bike through a beautiful scenery.
If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be?
Pencil, sketch book, smartphone.
Who has influenced you the most?
Big engines and for sure Tinguely!