VIVOS VOCO/MORTUOS PLANGO/FULGURA FRANGO (CHAWORO)
A motor inside the pedestal moves the jester's stick rapidly in jerky movements from left to right for a number of seconds when it is dialled-up and controlled remotely from the artist's mobile phone. It makes a sweet melody chime from bronze bells that swirl in the exhibition space. They announce those moments when Moussa Kone is developing a new artistic idea. The title of the work is a medieval saying frequently engraved onto church bells, it is supposed to protect against being struck by lightning during storms. Here it makes the jester's stick into a lightning conductor for inspiration.
Download the text about this work written by Kurt Kladler (English/German).
"vivos voco/mortuos plango/fulgura frango (chaworo)", epoxy resin, wood, wire etc., 50 x 50 x 170 cm, 2007