I create interactive installations. Last year I built Comtoise Tachometers and Roamring. The Comtoise Tachometers are 19th century French clocks rebuilt to make drawings. The work is about ownership and assumptions. The Tachometers are made by a clockbuilder, and were designed by me. They produce drawings made by the spectator. The design dictates the movement of the pencils, but the spectator determines the speed and time and therefore the resulting drawing. Roamring consists of a piano interior, walking on insectlegs of steel, and driven by an electromotor.
The works are very technical. The materials and the technique itself are not very sophisticated, in the sense of making use of modern, state of the art electronics or computers. They address questions about robotics and ownership. Modern society, with its ‘sharing economy’, ‘part-ups’ and growing possibilities through robotics, raises a lot of philosophical and ethical questions. My work is not a comment on either of these issues, but urges the need to contemplate and think about them.
This year I will use computers and more sophisticated techniques. I will present Ammophila Arenaria (Dunegrass): an installation of single pianostrings slowly waving. When put together in a field they create waves as if the wind blows through them.
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