Sanela Jahić

“Pendulum” is a kinetic installation that makes LEDs rotate and swing back and forth so rapidly that they produce apparently two-dimensional images visible to the human eye.

Slovenian artist Sanela Jahić’s technically sophisticated contrivance constitutes an allusion to works of art—the “Rotoreliefs” created in the 1930s by painter Marcel Duchamp—as well as to two literary works: Edgar Allan Poe’s 1842 short story “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “In the Penal Colony,” Franz Kafka’s 1914 story in which a brutal machine marks the prisoners.

Sanela Jahić (SI), 2007–2008