The mobile, sounding sculptures are the center of Stephan von Huene’s art. During the 1960s, he constructed mechanically operated, sculptural objects which occupy space both like enigmatic bodies and peculiar pieces of furniture, and which seem to assume a self-animated existence with the push of a button. For Allan Kaprow, they radiated a “magical presence.”
During the 1970s and 1980s, these sculptures acquired the character of automatic musical instruments. With the Text Tones, they were expanded to become interactive sound installations which occupy entire rooms. Added as well during the 1990s were pictorial media, drawings for example in Dancing on Tables, and projections, for example in the Blue Books and Sirens Low.