Impulses – 3×3 I

📆 Friday, September 22 2023
⏳ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
🏛 V2_Lab for the unstable media
🎟️ FREE entrance

In this first experiment prototype DISSONANCE in introduced and tested.

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SCULPTURE – DISSONANCE, a hanging sculpture, playing with the tension between the delicate beauty of glass and the possibility of it breaking in response to sound. The sculptures hang on three fishing lines, underneath the sculptures there are round canvases (MDF) ⌀ 118 cm, raised by 10 cm. Each fishing line is attached an individuel moving part of the scupture and to a stepper motor, the rotation of which is controlled by sound measurements. The sculptures open and close due to the rotation of the stepper motor, causing them to move up and down.

[materials per sculpture] Transparant, blue and cyan Borosilicate Glass, ink, 3 NEMA stepper motors, 3 TB6600 stepper drivers, ESP32, microphone module, PolyLactic Acid (PLA).

Reflecting on past exhibitions, Verloop recognized the inevitability of visitors interacting with her kinetic work, sometimes leading to unintended damage. This observation made her curious about the potential for unmonitored audience involvement. Would spectators go as far as attempting to fully destroy the machine if left to their own devices?

Driven by this questions, Verloop committed to a research period, exploring various sensors, micro-controllers and programming. Her objective was to develop a series of experimental kinetic prototypes that responded to their environment using sensors in various ways with the goal to engage the public more intensively, using their presence as input for the machine. This exploration aimed to showcase the added value and possibilities of sensors for her work, outlining potential next steps. 

With this new step the machine evolved as a performer, responding to the audience through sensor-driven interactions, and the spectator became part and activator of the machine performance.

‘Impulses’ is supported by V2_Lab and the Research & Development grant from the Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam.