In this work, Susanta’s machinery is intended to create one bubble that goes through its entire life cycle in a matter of seconds. A mechanical arm drags a pipe through the soapy water and then pushes air through it. A single bubble forms at the tip. Moments later, another arm brings down a needle to the bubble’s edge. Will the needle burst the bubble? Will the bubble survive? The unfolding theatre of the bubble’s fate absorbs us, and makes us fear for it. An accompanying video shows a similar needle pressing into the skin of a balloon. The balloon seems always to be on the verge of bursting but does not burst. In contrast to the bubble work, the needle’s unrelenting pressure makes us wish the balloon would give way, bringing the prolonged process to an end.


  • Title: Untitled
  • Creator: Susanta Mandal
  • Date: 2007
  • Location: Devi Art Foundation
  • Physical Dimensions: Variable size
  • Type: Photograph
  • Method or Style: Single motor (2RPM) with iron - steel structure, air pump and soap solution

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