Laura Jatkowski
Untrammelled, away she goes. 2017
Graduation Work, Royal Academy of Art The Hague, KABK

Consider machines as tools that become an extension of one’s body. What does the tool tell me about my body, and how does my body relate to the tool?

The book "A Wheel Within a Wheel. How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle" (1893) by Susan B. Anthony beautifully elaborates on the symbiosis between the human and the machine. The bike becomes a symbol for individual freedom and social change. By altering human movement through space, it also influenced women’s dress, improved their physical strength, and enabled them to move outside the domestic sphere.

The installation seeks to emphasize the malleable character of things. Bike frames are transformed into freestanding poles and restructure the given space. They become potentials, arising from the ground yet seeming unsure of where they're going. The viewer becomes immersed and one’s body movement activates the structure by exposing oneself to an ever-changing perspective.