Schema luminoso variabile R.R. 66

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“Schema luminoso variabile R.R. 66” (Variable light screen R.R. 66) is a luminous kinetic object. Varisco produced “9x9xX” for the exhibition Arte programmata at the Olivetti show room in Milan in 1962. That artwork is the source of the first variable luminous screens: “Schema luminoso variabile R.R. 66” and “Schema luminoso variabile R Q 44”. “Schema luminoso variabile R.R. 66” was created for the second edition of the exhibition Arte programmata.

A wooden band holds together two screens combined mirror-like: one rotates while the other is fixed. The object is illuminated from the inside from a circular neon lamp. The public observes the continuous variation of the image, which is produced by the mechanical programming of the rotation and by the overlapping of screens. The work is designed to expand the repetition of images and to trigger constantly the attention of the audience.

Varisco has produced a number of variants of “Schemi luminosi variabili”, in different sizes, from the smallest of 35x35 cm up to 130x130 cm and more.

Artist: Grazia Varisco
Title: Schema luminoso variabile R.R. 66 (Variable light screen R.R. 66)
Date: 1962
Collection/owner: Artist collection, Milan; Museo del Novecento, Milan 
Medium: Perspex, wood, circular neon lamp, electric motor.