An arresting metaphor for the interplay of freedom and control regulating any social organisation, this robotic video installation in motion escapes any attempt of artistic classification.
The ‘circle’ is an impressive device whereby a screen moves in concert with the image it displays and invites our sensory and cognitive capacities to transform illusion into reality.
A bull is brought to life on the screen with over 200 films, each playing no more than a dozen seconds, and a computer, its autonomy harnessed by a set of sensors, is in control of sequencing the shots, so the beast does as it pleases.
It is obliged to adapt to the machine’s geometry and reacts unpredictably to the scrutiny of spectators.
Pascal Bauer assumes here the role of bear (or bull) tamer. Similar to peering through the bars of a cage in a zoo, the spectator can revel in the thrill of danger, knowing they are safe from harm.