Just saw this at the Whitney – pretty remarkable sound piece. Artist Kevin Beasley placed the motor — one ton, but still quite compact — in its own room, locked in a glass vitrine, lit from below. Unlike an object in a history museum that might be totally inert, just an artifact, the motor is rapidly spinning, but still it’s divorced from both its own sound and function. The motor, which normally would be attached to a cotton gin, a device used to separate cotton from its seeds after it’s harvested, is not attached to anything, apart from a dozen or so microphones that are recording the motor’s whirring inside the entirely soundproof box. The noise of the spinning turbine is then being broadcast in another room.