The new video by German visual artist and designer Henning M. Lederer for British producer Max Cooper‘s “Numb” starts out with a pictogram of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Originally a study on human proportions, the Vitruvian Man has later on been used to symbolize harmony, symmetry and wholeness. But it seems as though mankind has become too busy, too much held perpetually motion and is too closely monitored by machines to stay that way: Still and whole. The pictogram of a man in the center of the installation is standing still for one second though, but only to be jump started again, when the complex system explodes to the sound of heavy bass and dark beats. Everything is hardwired, connected and on the move, but without ever going somewhere. “Man” could be seen as to have external forces pushing him to pointless movement, but as is shown by the end of the video – he already has internalized all of it.
The video is an extension of Lederer’s work “Machinatorium” from 2009, and Max Cooper said it is themed as “numbed by the capitalist machine”. Watch below, and full screen equals full effect, of course.