Fair-weather forces: wind speed

2002

turnstile with added motor and circuits, rotating in relationship to exterior wind speed, Turnstile 93.5 cm high x 106 cm diameter

A standard metal turnstile is placed, as usual, near the threshold of a room. It rotates at a changing speed related directly to the exterior wind speed as measured by the anemometer. In this way it suggests that it could be regulating the flow of people into the space according to the weather outside:  calm days encourage lazy movements and windy conditions brisk ones.

This was the first in the Fair-weather forces series of architectonic interventions which suggest a reciprocal relationship between human behaviour and natural phenomena.

Technical assistance and circuit design by Gordon Hicks, www.gherkin.com

Solo Exhibitions: Germaine Koh, Apr-Jun 2002.
Solo Exhibitions: Kamloops Art Gallery, Germaine Koh: Weather Systems, 2013.
Group Exhibitions: 2004 Sobey Art Award Exhibition, Jul-Sep 2006.
Group Exhibitions: Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, L'envers des apparences, Summer 2005.
Group Exhibitions: 2004 Sobey Art Award Exhibition, Oct-Dec 2004.
Group Exhibitions: Galerie d'Art du Parc, Entre ciel et terre - Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine 2004, Jun-Aug 2004.
Group Exhibitions: Bellevue Arts Museum, IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR, 2003.
Group Exhibitions: Power Plant, IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR, Jun-Sep 2002.
Group Exhibitions: Dalhousie Art Gallery, (im)mobile, 2014.
Catalogues & Books: Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni & Ali Subotnick (eds.), Checkpoint Charley, 2006.
Catalogues & Books: Gilles Godmer with Nathalie de Blois, L'envers des apparences, 2005.
Catalogues & Books: Gaston St-Pierre, Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine 2004, 2004. PDF
Catalogues & Books:  Adam Geczy, Germaine Koh, Homemaking, 2003. Read
Catalogues & Books: Melanie O'Brian, Germaine Koh, 2002. Read
Catalogues & Books: Xandra Eden, Bounce / IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR, 2002. PDF
Catalogues & Books: Chantal Molleur, Mireille Bourgeois, Jonathan Shaughnessy, Susann Wintsch, (im)mobile, 2014.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Leah Sandals, Toronto Star, 7 Jan 2007. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Gerrit Gohlke, Germaine Koh Works., 2005. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Gilles Godmer, L'envers des apparences, 2005. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1 Aug 2003. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Robin Laurence, Georgia Straight, 9-16 May 2002. PDF

Collection(s): Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Germaine Koh, Fair-weather forces: wind speed, 2002, found metal turnstile with added electric motor and electronic circuits, anemometer. Installation at Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, 2006. Photo: Germaine Koh.