Neither Ready Nor Present To Hand

"Neither Ready Nor Present To Hand" (2012) is a work by Cheryl Field.

Part prop, part fictional-function, part biology, part whimsy; by dislocating something as human as a finger it shifts the Heideggerian tool-state of the object from being ‘present-to-hand’ to ‘ready-to-hand’ which for a finger is, frankly, next-to-useless. After all we’d need more fingers in order to activate (and wind-up) the tool-finger. It is a tool no more, but an object never-the-less. By liberating it, it withdraws from us and leads a life independent of our anthropocentric perception.


Materials: Jesmonite, Plaster, Brass, Clockwork, Graphite

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