The process of metal casting involves the creation of additional spaces in the mould. The material poured into them slows down the curing and crystallisation processes to obtain a casting which is uniform and free from defects. The bits in these extra spaces of the already cooled piece are called feeder heads and are normally removed from the end product, then melted again. Hence a feeder head is an unnecessary remnant of the primary shape of a piece, unfit for economic or cultural use. It is a surplus, consumption of material and energy needed in the production process only.
In Kiril Kuzmanov’s work ‘Feeder head’ is a main object, but also a conceptual framework for presentation of the process and its perception. The artist uses found feeder heads, a sculptural object, video, sound, text, violates the architectural integrity of the gallery space and changes it to build an overall environment in which to present the process of metal casting and involve the viewer directly.
In his work ‘Feeder head’ (2008-2010) the artist explores the idea of the fragment as something opposite to the product (and the artwork as a product). Feeder head is a fragment a piece of matter, an indefinite form which has suffered visible defects in the process of cooling of the metal.
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