Tethered Motion, 2012, Photography by Dean Goodwin
Varun Vachhar - New Delhi, India
Tethered Motion 2012
110 - St.Lawrence Market Plaza
80 Front Street East
[ selected photographs ] [ video ]
Tethered Motion is a giant wind-up toy that comes to life when participants turn a large metal crank.
Once animated the flat wooden surface mimics a bird in flight. The sculpture stems from the artist‘s
desire to recreate a childlike fervour for toys and token objects. In his own childhood, Varun carried
a coil from a burnt-out motor. This strange object kept him mesmerized for hours, even though to an adult
it was obviously useless. This connection inspired Tethered Motion.
Artist Biography: Varun Vachhar is a designer of interfaces and interactive installations. He uses programming
as a design tool to give users intuitive, holistic and playful experiences. Varun is originally from
New Delhi, India, and studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta and Interactive/Media/Design
at the Dutch Royal Academy of Art.