Working as a member of the dance/performance collaborative SHRIMPS, Martin Kersels figured out how to join a dulcet Conceptualism with loud noises and kickass kinetics, proving that there is a lot to be done with the dumb fact of gravity—having a body and being a body in space and time. Although he freely employs an array of media, his work always confronts and explores the mystery and sheer fun of spatial dynamics: a metal house that rumbled boisterously as he appeared to dance inside; an early piece, Brown Sound Kit, 1994, that emitted a sonic frequency purportedly disturbing enough to cause those in its vicinity to shit themselves; the recent photos that capture the abstract wonder of friendship and motion. Even when the result resembles a science experiment gone a little haywire, a delicate sensibility guides his investigations. Martin and I had so much fun talking that I made him late
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