18.12.2019 – 30.01.2020

An exhibition by Ikuru Kuwajima at the Vyksa Steel Works History Museum
Ikuru Kuwajima, a resident artist at Vyksa AiR, presents a project based on his research into the history of attempts to invent the perpetual motion machine.
The key element of the exhibition was the literary work titled The Perpetual Motion Machine: The Story of an Invention, composed by the 20th-century German writer and dreamer Paul Scheerbart. Despite his lack of technical education, Scheerbart made 27 sketches of engines and over the course of two and a half years documented his failed attempts at invention. Nevertheless, his imagination and research inspired a number of European intellectuals of the early 20th century: Surrealists, Dadaists, 'Pataphysists' and Expressionist architects. Therefore, the ideas and work of Scheerbart were not in vain, and he left a mark on the history of literature, art and architecture.

The show consists of two parts. The first part features a video collage demonstrating the spinning perpetual motion machines drawn by Scheerbart and objects created according to his sketches with the help of Vyksa-based artist Roman Trushin. The video is accompanied by excerpts from Scheerbart's text about the perpetual motion machine. The second part of the display features the Mendocino motor made by Dmitry Korzhevsky, a popular vlogger from Gus-Khrustalny. He featured this levitating motor on his channel and called it Perpetuum mobile. Thanks to this name, the video earned a huge number of views, which serves as proof that interest in the perpetual motion machine persists to this day. The Mendocino motor, created by the American inventor Larry Spring in 1994, spins with the help of solar panels – it is close to the model of a genuine eco-friendly Perpetuum mobile that Scheerbart presented as a result of his experiments.
Ikuru Kuwajima
Ikuru Kuwajima is a Moscow-based artist, photographer, videographer, writer and translator, originally from Japan and educated in the University of Missouri, Columbia, as a photojournalism major. In the past 11 years, he has been living and working on personal projects in several Eastern European and Central Asian countries (Romania, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia).

Selected solo shows:
Repatriatsiya – Peresvetov Pereulok Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia, 2019.
I, Oblomov – The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, Russia, 2018.
Trail – la, Arles, France 2017.
Circle of Ruins – part of the Baltic Photo Biennale, Kaliningrad, Russia, 2017.

Selected group shows:
YICCA 2018 Final Exhibition – Zagreb, Croatia, 2019.
Boutographies – Montpellier, France, 2017.
between the lines – London, United Kingdom, 2016.
Fotografia Europea – Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2016.
The Venice Biennale's Central Asian Pavilion – Venice, Italy, 2013.
Reflexions Masterclass – Arles, France, 2012.

I, Oblomov (The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, Russia, 2017)
Tundra Kids (Schlebrugge.Editor, Vienna, Austria, 2015)

Published in:
Newsweek Japan, National Geographic Japan/Romania/Blog, Forbes Magazine, Getty Images, McGarryBowen, Chevron, Save the Children, WHO, Sekai, Daily Telegraph, Le Monde, NYT Lens Blog, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Esquire Russia, TIME Magazine's Lightbox, the Guardian, Marie Claire, Internazionale, Wired, Flow Magazine.
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