Found rock, video, and custom hardware and software
Karolina Sobecka (US/PL)
A 136-kg rock is placed in the gallery. Instructions show the viewer how to lift it. The viewer attempts to lift the rock, but it is too heavy and it doesn’t move. The viewer exerts maximum effort. Nothing moves, except the sun starts rising.
Karolina Sobecka is an artist and designer. Her artwork often engages public space and explores the ways in which we interact with the world we create. Her recent projects focus on narratives that inscribe humans in nature. Sobecka’s work has been shown internationally, including at the V&A, MOMA Film, Beall Center for Art + Technology, Science Gallery, and ISEA, and she has received several awards including from Creative Capital, Rhizome, NYFA, Princess Grace Foundation, Vida Art and Artificial Life Awards, and Japan Media Arts Festival. She is the founder of Flightphase, an art and design studio focused on emerging formats, and is currently a Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.