20-21 is delighted to welcome back IOU Theatre who wowed visitors last summer with their mesmerising Volatile Light exhibition. The second part of a partnership project between 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and IOU, Fulcrum features a large array of beautiful carved wooden mechanically animated sculptures depicting small town life. In the middle, a video camera on the end of a long robotic arm swoops around, zooming in and out of the different scenes. Alongside, an electric guitar is quietly plucked, bashed and strummed by an assemblage of spidery metal machines.
In a second space, visitors can watch a mini-movie, as the images taken by the robotic camera are fed live to a video screen.. Here the hidden details of the diorama are revealed and an animated story unfolds - accompanied by the floating sounds of the guitar.
"Very atmospheric, sets the imagination and memories whirring."
"I thoroughly enjoyed this. I got the sense I was a part of the models when the camera looks out into the studio."