Arcangelo Sassolino's Nitrogen-Powered “Afasia 1" Beer Bottle Gun
Italian artist Arcangelo Sassolino’s work focuses on industrial processes, exploring mechanical behaviors, materials and physical properties of energy and force. “Afasia 1,” housed inside a metal cage in the Palais de Tokyo, is a nitrogen-powered sculpture that shoots empty beer bottles against a wall every few minutes. Launched at 600km/hr, the bottles hit the gallery wall with a piercing crash, creating an unusual atmosphere of unease. By stripping kinetic processes down to a bare minimum and pushing them to their limits, Sassolini brings visitors into a space of intimate interaction with the visceral energy of mechanical forces.