Machines that Almost Fall Over

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Artist Michael Kontopoulos brings us today's weird web video: Machines that Almost Fall Over. Kontopoulos calls it: "A system of sculptures that is constantly on the brink of collapse. My intention was to capture and sustain the exact moment of impending catastrophe and endlessly repeat it." Kontopoulos has created three machines in which a hammer strikes the machine, knocking it off-balance, but the machine just...barely...doesn't fall over. This is a short video showing those machines, tirelessly trying to knock themselves over.

Why is this video so compelling? Well, it's at turns peaceful and totally nervewracking, as you feel the machines almost tip over. It's only a minute long. Have a look!

Machines that Almost Fall Over from Michael Kontopoulos on Vimeo.

See also: What You Missed, a series of still snapshots taken every time Kontopolous blinks while on a walk; and Machine that Tries to Draw Circles, which turns technical problems into art.

(Via Kottke.org.)

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