This project revolves around the physically dominant appearance of a group motorcyclists that is challenged by means of a controlled game. Teun Vonk developed a computer-controlled arm with a camera that dictates the increase and decrease of acceleration and imposes the direction of the cyclist by means of a spotlight. With this set-up, the artists challenges the notions of control and man versus machine.
A pattern naturally shaped by the drivers themselves emerged
Vonk invited a pack of MC motorcyclists to drive around the yard of a former prison while their speed and direction was being controlled by the device, turning the space into an arena. At first the motorcyclists let their speed and movements dictate, yet gradually a pattern naturally shaped by the drivers themselves emerged.
The Collective Motion of the Single Mind has been realized with the support of Stichting VHDG, MC PB Friesland, CBK Rotterdam and Joppe Peelen.