Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski
January 25th - March 2nd
The Tetley, Hunslet Rd, Leeds LS10 1JQ.
The Reversing Machine is an exhibition designed by artists Sam Belinfante and Simon Lewandowski. At the exhibition’s core is the machine itself; a self-reversing mechanical power source*. Any object attached will turn at a steady rate for a set time, then stop and be set into reverse – a mechanical palindrome.
Commissioned by Art Laboratory Berlin in 2012, the machine has expanded into an ongoing research project. For their contribution to A New Reality at The Tetley, Belinfante and Lewandowski reconstruct this collective work, incorporating fresh elements in response to the new venue. They have also developed individual works which reflect on their collaboration and on the concerns that generated The Reversing Machine. These include Accordion a new two-part film by Belinfante shot on 16mm film and SETTER a palindromic multiple by Lewandowski.
A repertoire of satellite devices driven by The Reversing Machine act out and reflect ways in which we are able to perceive the flow and passage of time through the action of things and forces in the world. Devices choreographed by the machine include adapted record players, household light fittings, slide projectors and a variety of sculptural automata.
Central to the installation is a pair of turntables driven by the machine which plays a repertoire of specially composed vinyl records. This is The Palindrone Jukebox.
Artists that have produced compositions for The Palindrone Jukebox include:
Ed Atkins / Sam Belinfante / Alice Bradshaw / Adam de la Cour / Manya Doñaque / Golau Glau / Kirsty Harris / Doug Haywood / Lou Hazelwood / Martin Iddon and Antti Sakari Saario, writing as [zygote] / Andy Ingamells / Simon Lewandowski / Kevin Logan / Joanna Loveday / Leah Lovett / Neil Luck / Jessica Rowland / Oliver Thurley / Nathan Walker and Tom Walker / Sam Warren
An incorporated event programme of daytime and evening performances, talks and workshops will run throughout this project. All events are free and open to the public.
Saturday 8 February, 7pm
Mirrors, an evening of live music and performance by Sam Belinfante, musicians Mark Knoop and Neil Luck.
Thursday 13 February, 5pm Time, Space and Movement: the origins of the Reversing Machine, Panel discussion with Sam Belinfante, Simon Lewandowski, Pavel Py? (Exhibitions and Displays Curator, Henry Moore Institute) and Professor John Mowitt (University of Leeds, School of Fine Art). Followed by informal discussion and a tour of the work with the artists.
Thursday 27 February, 6pm
Closing party: a walkthrough of the exhibitions with the artists, a chance to ask questions and discuss the project over a drink.
The Reversing Machine is Supported by
The Elephant Trust
Arts Council England
University of Leeds
*The Reversing Machine mechanism was designed and built by Alistair Metcalf at Effects Too.