Transformer of Lost Energy

Object installation, 2018
dim.: 14.5 x 14.5 x 120 cm
wood, glass, dust, rotating electric motor

Transformer of lost energy is a showcase with dust on a barely moving base. The recollected 110 years old dust, made mostly of fibres of different fabrics coated in particles of the human epithelial tissue and other organic matter: eye lashes and human hairs is kind of excess or wasted energy. That metaphysical object intent to transform that lost energy : index trace of human bodies that visited the cathedral from the beginning of the XX century.

The title Transformer of lost energy is taken from Notes from Marcel Duchamp that is connected with an idea introduced by him, the inframince or infra-thin: the trace left by absence or difference: measuring the almost imperceptible margins of difference, interstice between two seemingly identical items: the warmth of a seat (which has just/been left). Transformer of lost energy transform small external manifestations of energy such as: excessive pressure on an electric switch, the exhalation of tobacco smoke, hair growth and the nails, etc.

The dust was recollected by fine art restorer Žana Matulić Bilač in 2014 during restoration of the back side of the Romanesque doors of the Split Cathedral created by Master Andrija Buvina in 1214. The particulates of dust have been accumulating ever since their last restoration in 1908.