Máquina do mundo, 2005
São Paulo, 1962; lives in São Paulo
Máquina do Mundo, 2005
marble dust, conveyor belt, dosing machine
Máquina do mundo (2005) borrows its title from the celebrated poem by Carlos Drummond de Andrade (19021987). In it, the narrator is walking along a road in the countryside of the state of Minas Gerais, where a machine of the world opens, promising to reveal precious secrets, which he refuses to learn, continuing his way. In Drummonds image, the machine stands for the essence of the worlds metaphysical wisdom. The sculpture by Laura Vinci, just like the poem, articulates essence and artifice. Here, we see a quantity of material transported through space by a machine commonly used in factories and mines. As it goes about its work, the sculpture comes closer to its end and/or its rebeginning, in a fragile balance between matter and time. By way of the sculptures and installations she has developed since the 1980s, Laura Vinci thematizes questions linked to time, to changes and to transformations. In keeping with this thematics, Máquina do mundo unfolds for the viewer in a series of references that span from mining (an important industrial sector in Minas Gerais) to monochromatic white (essential to 20th century art history), while also including the history of sculpture (in the use of marble dust) and criticism of the mechanization of modern life.