Fields of Influence

An automata as a metaphor for humanities negative influence on nature

60cm wide x 60cm deep x 50cm high, powered by electric motor
Fields of Influence, with sound. Click top left (2 arrows) for FULL SCREEN view.
European IUCN Red list species burnt into towers supporting compasses

Figure representing humanity – Magneto (marvel comic book supervillain). Magnet interferes with compasses needles which represent the magneto- reception of animals (their ability to sense the earth’s magnetic field), humans do not have this sense. Animals represented are examples on the IUCN* red list for Europe = species in decline or in danger of becoming extinct. Interactive mechanical force sets the cycle in motion – we become linked to the villain by having a hand in the motion thus inextricably implicated. A visual metaphor for man’s destabilising influence on nature