[ … ] By virtue of its obstinacy, Mattenberger’s work breaks out of its own closed circuit and becomes a messenger demonstrating the ambivalence of mechanical objects. It generates a momentary pause at a time in which the nature of devices is changing rapidly. Waves of mechanisation and automation, including the current one, both liberate and create victims. A society driven by economic pressure and mechanical possibilities has little sympathy for workers, who adapt more slowly than machines. ‘Generator + fuel = illuminated light bulb’ is only part of the description of Zeitlücke ; its light, noise, smell and presence make reflection and uncertainty contagious.
Excerpt of a text by Aoife Rosenmeyer