Machine that Tries to Tie Two Ends of a Shoelace Together (CO)



Motors, aluminium, and a shoe

Adriana Salazar (CO)


This is a machine that is constructed by two very simple spinning mechanisms and an old shoe worn by the artist. Each mechanism holds one end of the shoelace. The mechanisms spin repeatedly, causing the two ends to meet at some point and to part from each other afterward. The intention of the machine, which is to tie both ends of the shoelace together, is always deferred and never accomplished.


Artist Bio:

Adriana Salazar lives and works in Bogota, Colombia. Her work has focused on the question of gestures, the relationship between subjects and objects, and the boundaries between nature and artifice. She holds a BFA honors degree from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University of Bogota and a magna cum laude post-graduate degree in Philosophy from the Javeriana University of Bogota. With her kinetic objects and installations she has participated in art biennales and collective and solo exhibitions, such as the California-Pacific Triennial and the Manif d’art de Québec. She has also participated in several academic and curatorial projects and has received fellowships from international artist residencies, including Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Japan, and Nordik Artists’ Center, Norway. In 2006 she founded La Ropería, a store that features the creations of thirty Colombian fashion designers. Salazar is also currently a visiting lecturer at Javeriana University and Jorge Tadeo Lozano University.