The Idle Line Inspired created and realized by Zbigniew Kupisz at the WRO Art Center in 2019 is a kinetic installation referring to the work of Józef Robakowski.
The original Idle Line – a three-minute-long video from 1992 is at the same time a part of a complex artwork Wideo-kino-maszyna (Video-Cinema-Machine) from 1992. It combines a 10-meter-long film tape, a camera, a projector, and a metal frame with a bicycle wheel attached, which is a kind of dispositif that turns an analog optical tape with an irregular line drawn on it into an electronic image. The viewer observes this whole device as well as the line moving slowly through a monitor.
The artist himself says about his work: There is a sound of a violin played by the artist superimposed onto a line lazily flowing on the screen.
The Idle Line is imitated by a cable (2 cm diameter) suspended outside of a two-story elevator shaft which forms an element of the facade of the WRO Art Center. A 35 x 27 cm frame of video work with an opening inside, reproduced in an aluminum plate placed on a transparent wall of the elevator, is an eyepiece through which we watch the line while taking the elevator. Crafted (earlier compared to this implementation) effects and natural sound of the environment are heard.