As one of the three ISEA2013 exhibitions closes this week, I found myself reflecting on the artworks and wondering at the possible connections to our collection. One of the most unusual works to experience in Synapse | a selection was Kirsty Boyle’s video Ningyo. In a grainy video shot to convey memory or recollection, the artist and the mechanism of a ningyo (translated as puppet, person or effigy from Japanese) are depicted in close association with each other. Over 8 minutes, Boyle coddles, plays with and eventually demonstrates how the mechanisms of the ningyo work.
While looking through our Museum database, I found that we house a few interesting automata of our own. These objects range from a very vocal looking a horse race cabinet containing 12 discs of music to an
The stand out for me is one titled ‘
Written by Deborah Turnbull, assistant curator