Andreas Wacker


"Sisybar" reinterprets the myth of Sisyphus for the digital age, replacing his boulder with a progress bar at the center of the frame. The bar's subtle backward and forward movement echoes Sisyphus’s endless labor, but in a context where physical exertion is supplanted by quiet observation—our focus rests solely on the repetitive task.

In its meditative nature, the piece takes the progress bar, typically a symbol of completion, and presents it in a manner that defies expectations. The bar progresses steadily only to reverse without warning, disrupting usual notions of forward momentum and prompting reconsideration of time’s passage.

"Sisybar" may represent life's journey, characterized by starts, stops and unexpected reversals, unfolding against the ever-shifting backdrop of the digital landscape. In its simplicity, the work poses thoughtful questions about achievement and progress in a world increasingly mediated by digital interfaces.

The piece subtly prompts viewers to contemplate the broader human implications of our digital interactions. It suggests that in the digital age, our pursuit of progress risks mirroring Sisyphus’s endless labor—a perpetual cycle of working toward ever-elusive endpoints.

This minimalist piece stands as a reminder of time's relentless march, inviting pause for reflection on life's deeper rhythms amidst the digital era's rapid pace. More than mere artistic commentary, "Sisybar" examines notions of existence, achievement, and the fleeting nature of our digital engagements.
In the end those bars remain, in essence, an illusion - a digital facade. And, lucky us, most progress bars actually finish. "Finally!" Sparing us further metaphysical meandering reflections.