Studio Currents is a project by artist Anton Burdakov, using approaches from cinema and choreography to re-invent items of common use. Snapshots such as gestures can trigger unexpected connections, a shift in perception or a sense of deep recognition. Exploring such resonances at sites of everyday interactions, Currents conceives objects as dynamic links between people and places.
The project opens with Downtime, a series of kinetic sculptures acting as domestic candle holders. The collection is based on a simple observation, that a burning candle gradually becomes less heavy as the wax is used up in the flame. Responding to the change in weight, the pieces spontaneously re-balance through mechanical movement, ‘performing’ the transformation, and while at rest, creating a space of suspense in anticipation of the gesture.