Rachel Berwick

WILLING SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF
1992

Dimensions: 10'  Diameter
Materials: moths, steel, cable, fan, lights, shadows

Project Venue: 1995 Musee d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
 

This installation is composed of a structure that houses hundreds of moths within an implied sphere.  A cable grid, within the confines of the sphere, acts as the armature that suspends the moths in midair.  When the fan at the base is on, the moths flutter in the wind it creates, as if to fly.  Some flutter more successfully than others, but none come to life. This piece is not about the simulation of flight: it is literally an attempt to force the moths to live.

Willing Suspension of Disbelief - detail
Willing Suspension of Disbelief - installation
Willing Suspension of Disbelief - detail