All Artists Are Liars
The ice-making machine is placed in an indoor empty space and connected with a photovoltaic power generation system which provides the required power during sunlight hours. The ice cubes produced accumulate on the floor in front of the machine (the machine door being removed). Part of it will melt making the surrounding floor wet while one o more cleaning persons will mop the floor trying to keep the floor as dry as possible.
The cycle enacted by the set up is apparently designed to achieve a self sustaining energy balance, with no care at all about the functional nature of the machine. Political correctness and contemporary values conflict wit the arbitrary and subjective initiative by the artist. Entropy, egocentrism, failure and the search for social relations embody a conceptual and physical clash which offers an inside perspective over the complexity of artistic ethics and behaviors. The title refers to Epimenides paradox (Epimenides was a Cretan who made the famous statement: “All Cretans are liars”).
Stand alone ice-making machine, photovoltaic power generation system (5 panels on the roof); cleaning mops and wringers, cleaning persons, various gears
Photos by Roger Sinek
Courtesy Liverpool Biennial
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