Stephan von Huene | Kaleidophonic Dog
The complete work of Stephan von Huene: kinetic and sound sculptures, sculptures, assemblages, drawings
253
portfolio_page-template-default,single,single-portfolio_page,postid-253,cookies-not-set,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,select-child-theme-ver-1.0.0,select-theme-ver-4.6,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.0.5,vc_responsive

Kaleidophonic Dog

Kaleidophonic Dog 1964 - 67
Kaleidophonic Dog 1964 - 67

photo: Estate Stephan von Huene, ZKM, Karlsruhe

Kaleidophonic Dog

1964–67

S 1967–1

wood, leather, metal, computer (at first punched tape)
pneumatic system, whistles, percussion
190 x 61 x 56 cm

Los Angeles County Museum, Gift of the Kleiner Foundation

Hamburger Kunsthalle 2003,

Jan-Peter Gehrckens (© NDR 2003)

1:37 min

Tipu's Tiger
Tipu's Tiger

photo: Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The motif goes back to the sculpture Tipu’s Tiger in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. There, however, a white man lies on his back with the tiger on top of him.

“I had […] been influenced by the old automatic band organs, playerpianos and other automatic instruments. I saw these machines in a museum and became fascinated with the inherent mechanical sound.”

(S. v. H. in: Interview with the magazine MIZUE, Tokyo 1973; reprinted in: Stephan von Huene, Split Tongue, Texts & Interviews, München 2012, p. 55)

Punched tape
Punched tape

photo: Estate Stephan von Huene,
ZKM, Karlsruhe

“The sculpture is controlled by a punched tape and a pneumatic mechanism that moves the dog figure and plays the accompanying sound. The controlling continuous loops work in a phase pattern. Wood, leather, and metal were the main materials used. This and all the following sculptures function completely automatically.”

(S. v. H. in: exhib. cat. Stephan von Huene: Tune the World. Die Retrospektive, Ostfildern 2002, p. 185)

Getty Talk, K. Dog 1991
Getty Talk, K. Dog 1991

photo: Elke Walford