One Two Three Swing! is an installation of three interconnected swings affixed to an orange steel line, extending beyond the gallery walls and stretching into the urban landscape, and potentially beyond and into the wider world.
The swing acts as a human-powered pendulum, converting potential energy into shared movement. Rocking, moving, and propelling forward and back, the swing is activated by human interaction and play. Ordinarily meant for individual use, the swing can seat three people. Those on the swing must together utilise the force of gravity, building up to the instant where falling becomes flying and everyone moves into full swing together. In this playful moment, the potential energy of collective movement is released.
One Two Three Swing! invites the audience to activate the potential power of play and explore the possibilities of collaboration between people – possibilities that are realised when we swing into motion together. The shared experience offered by the work may trigger reflections on broader issues such as democracy, collective action and social connectivity. In this sense, SUPERFLEX’s swings are more than just an opportunity for play. They are an experiment in activating collective energy – energy that can perhaps be channeled to change the course of the planet and our path as a society.
One Two Three Swing! by SUPERFLEX, originally conceived for the Hyundai Commission 2017 in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Developed in close collaboration with KWY.studio and Nupergo.