Ruben Bellinkx

l r 14 of 19 works

The Table Turning, 2006

16 mm film, single projection, b & w, 5min 30secs loop

Dimension Variable

The Table Turning shows a table bearing four tortoises. Tied to the legs of a table, the shelled animals are unable to escape. However, with joint, mutual forces, they manage to set the table in motion. The artist uses the table in its functional, metaphorical and object sense suggesting a play of power, relationship and manipulation. Are the tortoises engaged in a hopeless battle or are our efforts to domesticate them, futile?