During the 16th century, the long-held view that Earth was the stationery centre of the universe was challenged by Renaissance scientists. This thought-revolution, however, came to a standstill with the 1633 trial of Galileo Galilei, in which the major spiritual, political and economical force of that time, the Catholic church, tried to silence such scientists.
Using a simple telescope as well as observing the movement of a pendulum, Galileo Galileo concluded that the Earth is rotating around the sun. Threatened with torture and death, Galilei was forced to retract his conclusion, but supposedly added the final words: “And yet it moves”.
Today the omniscient global force –and perhaps religion– is Capitalism. And, we are still unable to even fathom alternatives to the current narrative, as if we were hypnotised into believing only in this market driven ideology.
And Yet It Moves consists of a gigantic swinging steel pendulum under which the audience are invited to lie on an expansive, soft carpet. Made with a colour scheme inspired by a selection of different national banknotes, the carpet appears as a flickering bed of currency where a state of apathy seems to occur for the participant. As the beliefs of the bishops and priests were set in stone, so too seems our current belief in a fixed system of commodified life.
And yet the pendulum moves!
Originally conceived for the Hyundai Commission 2017 in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. Developed in close collaboration Rasmus Koch Studio and KWY.studio.