machine no. 2 (Reindert) was born out of the desire to capture the beauty and mystery of helicopter seed falling. The result is a large and complex installation in the form of a machine. The experience of seeing the falling seeds, in my opinion, could not have been otherwise communicated out of context without recreating that experience as directly as possible . This strategy of capturing a phenomenon and conveying the resulting philosophical implications harks back to my past in photography. With this machine I try to transcend the limitations I experienced with the photographic medium and embrace that reality sometimes cannot be captured in mere images.
With the machine I try to bring traditional art historical principles like beauty, wonder, the sublime and truth back into modern art because I believe that they are still relevant and can lead to necessary contemplation, debate and enjoyment.
I could never have made this machine without Martin Eillebrecht. He was indispensable technically, practically, logistically and emotionally and I learned a lot from him. Peter Vree also had an indispensable influence on this project. He has very generously opened up his workshop to work on the machine. He also provided a lot of technical and practical support. For example, he welded the entire machine. I am eternally grateful to these men for what they have given me.
Martin and Peter together have the company Gratia Hydro which specializes in small-scale hydropower and energy generation. Peter is also the owner of IJzerbergh Metaalbewerking . Peter often works with artists and is not only a true craftsman but also a pleasure to work with.