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Kinetic Sculpture Shows Humans Evolving and Devolving in an Endless Loop

DOMA, an Argentinian art group, has taken inspiration from human evolution to create an elegant kinetic sculpture titled Involucion Primate. The collective is made up of four artists named Mariano Barbieri, Julian Pablo Manzelli, Matias Vigliano, and Orilo Blandini; together, they've crafted a mobile work of art that rotates silhouetted figures in an endless loop. It's practically hypnotic to watch.

The individual pieces are mounted to a belt that travels along a metal, horizontally-mounted bar. As the figures make their way around it, each passes by a flashing bulb that appears to highlight part of the evolutionary path. We see that DOMA started with a primate on all fours that begins to stand, little by little, more upright; it eventually becomes the modern man. Once the human being has reached this pinnacle, he starts to devolve and the cycle starts all over again.

DOMA website
via [Laughing Squid]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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