Flight Mechanics

Flight Mechanics is an ongoing project that brings together images from history and history of science, untangling the ambivalent relationships between the notions of a mechanism and a living organism. The sources are varied, including the 19th-century designs of the first analogue computer invented by Charles Babbage; the documentation of experiments conducted by Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov to study conditioned reflexes in dogs; the Soviet photographs of athletes engaged in collective exercise, and others. Combined into 2d and 3d structures made of wood, string and printed or embroidered fabric, these images map out the gray zone between the mechanical and the organic, in which the congregations of human bodies may act as impersonal social machines, and the complex mechanical systems approach the individuality and fragility of living things.