A Line & A Midpoint

By Amanda Buonocore

ACBuonocoreCataInstrument: The way the “instrument” works is the viewer turns the handle on the rotating form. As the handle is turned thread is fed from the spools through section 2. As the thread moves through this section the different colors vibrate and shake creating a simple kinetic pattern. These separated channels converge at section 3 before fanning out and being collected directly on the rotating form. As the form gathers these different colors it beings to randomly layer the colors creating a unique pattern. The thread on each spool is a specific length that is equivalent to the distance in yards from the mill to a landmarked location in Lövestad. Due the various lengths of thread on the spools, the thread channels will empty at different moments. Once all the spools are empty the process has been completed. This process should extend the length of the exhibit allowing different viewers to participate with the instrument. Once the process is completed the pattern of color collected on the rotating form becomes a record or remnant of the process.


  1. A long wooden compartmented box attached to wall houses a variety of thread spools with differing lengths of thread.
  2. Cotter pins are inserted into the wall so that the looped head sticks out. These cotter pins create the channel to which the thread will be fed. The distance of each thread channel is 1 yard. The distance between thread channels is 1 inch.
  3. In section 3 another cotter pin is inserted into the wall. The loop of this pin opens from the top. All the threads from the channels in section two will be fed down through this pin.
  4. The threads fed from section 3 are tied to rods on the rotating form. By turning the handle on the rotation form: the spools in section one spin, the thread travels through section two, continues down through section 3, and branches out creating a random colorful pattern on the rotating form.

Amanda Buonocore is a visual artist living and working in the New York Metro Area. She has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, SOHO20, and The Governor’s Island Art Fair, among other locations. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Long Island University: C.W. Post. Through her work, she explores the potential of raw materials in a process of deconstruction and reconstruction, focusing on the differing results of repetitious actions.