Nakajima works with found objects and electrical devices, and arranges them in response to a space. The objects are a bric-a-brac assortment that might be found on a market stall: for example, food tins, porcelain bowls, ball bearings and a large yellow sponge. She carefully combines electrical devices and motors with a selection of objects to give them a life force. When activated these primitive automata perform cycles of whirring, drumming or vibrating, or simply of slight shifts between movement and stillness.
In Automatic Drawing Nakajima has taken a selection of automata and placed them on to carbon paper in order to take a recording of their activity as imprints. Evidence of small repetitive movements and vibrations fill the paper in a sculptural act.
Rie Nakajima (born 1976, Yokohama, Japan) lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include: Room Artspace, London (2014); Instants Chavirés, Montreuil (2014) and 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo (2014). Nakajima has produced the ‘Sculpture’ series with David Toop since 2013. She has collaborated with David Cunningham, Miki Yui, Phill Niblock, Guy De Bièvre, Pierre Berthet and Johan Vandelmaelen, amongst others. In 2014 she won the Arts Foundation Award in the category of Experimental Music.