Paul Cullen Archive

Fully Electrified: On Paul Cullen's 'Discovery of Oxygen'

By: Richard Dale

r/p/m: Paul Cullen, split/fountain publishing, 2011

"Cullen’s experiments with water and air play out a paradox: to see the sound, and to hear the movement. Used furniture aids the equation. Each object participates in corporeal sensations caused by vibration and rhythm. Neither a strict installation, nor four autonomous artworks, the ‘Discovery’ - part-sculpture, part-assemblage, part-controlled laboratory experiment - is a part of the ongoing project Revolutions per Minute which began in the early 90s with a series of three installation projects and has developed over the intervening years as an accumulation of sculptures in which water is circulated and components turned by means of electric motors."