Balance from Within(US)


Mechatronic Sculpture

Jacob Tonski (US)


Balance comes from within. It’s a delicate act and sometimes we fall down. A 170-year-old sofa balances precariously on one leg, continuously teetering, responding internally to external forces. A meditation on the nature of human relations and the things we build to support them.

Balance from Within was made possible with support from Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry ( and Miami University, Ohio, College of Creative Arts (



Artist bio:

Jacob Tonski holds an MFA from the Design | Media Arts department at the University of California, Los Angeles. He studied computer science at Brown University and worked as a Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios. Recently he has presented at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft and The School for Poetic Computation. He was awarded a 2013 Sustainable Arts Foundation grant and was a 2010 fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University Studio for Creative Inquiry. He is currently an assistant professor of art and interactive media studies at Miami University, Ohio. His creative work has been exhibited in Brazil, in China, and throughout Europe and the United States.