The Perpetual Motion Machine (RISD) | PAULA GAETANO ADI
The Perpetual Motion Machine (RISD)

In collaboration with Paolo Cardini
Performance / Installation – Commissioned for the “Faculty Biennial” at the RISD Museum
February 27 to March 28, 2015
Performed by 17 first-year RISD students
Materials: wood, fabric, PLA 3D printed objects, custom-electronics, roller skates, driller, screws, balloon.


“Technical machines obviously work only if they are not out of order. Desiring machines on the contrary continually break down as they run, and in fact run only when they are not functioning properly. Art often takes advantage of this property by creating veritable group fantasies in which desiring production is used to short-circuit social production, and to interfere with the reproductive function of technical machines by introducing an element of dysfunction”, Gilles Deluze, Felix Guattari, L’anti-Oedipe.

The Perpetual Motion Machine is a durational performance that recreates an endless and speculative assembly line. Comprised by 17 performers and 23 wearable props, this “human-machine” explores the nature of mass-manufacturing products by flipping the attention from the final outcome and functionality, to the production of meta-functional objects that only exist to reenact an interminable assembly line.