Galántai György: Stabile Mobile Marching on the Spot (1979)
One of the sound sculptures by György Galántai displayed here, titled Stabile Mobile Marching on the Spot, produces a sound in two ways: by being turned and by being beaten.
The work resembling a bicycle wheel, thus reminiscent of Marcel Duchamp’s ready made aesthetic, stands on metal soles. The multiple soles themselves create and enhance the illusion of movement while the ironic title and the circular, closed movement suggest strict limitations.
Galántai’s metaphoric sound sculpture is a visual criticism of a society that is seemingly committed to progress and development but the everyday experience of its operation proves the exact opposite of these.
The sculpture’s conceptual tension is jointly created by the activity present in the musical process and the futility of movement inherent in its objectivity. (Emese Kürti)
See also: Zsuzsa László, Emese Kürti: “I have always been interested in information”. Anniversary interview with György Galántai. (exindex)