"Inanimate objects, do you have a soul?" Lamartine
Fructus (from latin: fruit) ; "enjoy, use, have the benefit of”.
Animalis (from latin, anima: soul, breath) ; "alive, or who was breathed life into".
This work is the fruit of a shared tech-art residency in the biggest rural fablab of Europe, "La fruitere numerique". The tech-artists specialties are a priori opposed in their disciplines but dialogue gave a new dimension to their work. After digging in the personalities, the obvious appears, the roots of this team's work join in a fundamental principle, a strong desire to give back life to apparently dead or unwanted material. Evolving in hackerspaces is also a great training for the tech side of the team, fighting against planned obsolescence being a tradition, the good reflexes were immediately ready.
Moreover, "La Fruitiere Numerique" participates in this fight by collecting a great number of aging electronic devices so parts salvage was even simpler than finding food : infrared sensors & emitters from broken VCRs & remote, old mouse sensor, lasers from DVD burner, etc.
The collaborations of these makers gave birth to an exhibition in which the visitor is in immersion. For him, it's a total artwork experimentation, in which every elements are connected.
In front of this organic machine, the visitor travels in space-time to the artist workshop during the creation process. The teleportation achieved, he becomes the artist, with the power to modify the artwork and becomes the main actor of his very own experience.
From animated movies to moving/musical sculptures, these hybrides installations, poetic mechanisms, generate magical aberrations, mixing misused objects from the animal, vegetable and machinal reign.
The exhibition was composed of several pieces, here is an subset of the most interactive ones:1) Electrotactiloscope
Concept : Pseudo-torical sculpture in rotation, triggering intermittent light flashes. Sync is done by optically detecting each face, giving life to animated pictures through persistance of vision.
Artistic Technique: unrolled poplar wood (1), spoked wheel, ferro-carbonic alloy structure (2).
Digital Technique : Modulated infrared based rotation detection (3), microcontroller, stroboscope.
(1) crate, (2) steel, (3) sensor salvaged from a VCR with its remote.
Code + tech details:2) Cachirulo
Concept : Pseudo-torical sculpture in rotation, triggering videoprojected animated pictures (1). Sync is done by optically detecting each face, giving life to the animated pictures.
Artistic Technique : unrolled poplar wood (1), spoked wheel, ferro-carbonic alloy structure (2).
Digital Technique : laser (4), photo-resistance, microcontroller, computer (5), videoprojector.
(1) stop motion, (2) crate, (3) steel, (4) salvaged from a CD burner, (5) using the mpv player.3) Praxiphonoscope
Concept : Horizontal pseudo-torical sculpture in rotation, controlling sound and physical animations. A custom sub-millimetric encoder wheel is used to measure the angular velocity and direction to scratch sounds embedded in a tiny electronic board.
Artistic Technique: unrolled poplar wood (2), spoked wheel, mirrors on heptadecagonic cylindre (3), laser-cut animated objects, structure in poplar wood residual (4).
Digital Technique : custom laser cut quadrature encoding wheel (1), microcontroller for sensor and sound syntesis (5), speakers.
(1) extrait d'une souris d'ordinateur, (2) crate, (3) polygone à 17 faces, (4) trunk, (5) using Sensorium/Mozzi library
Code + tech details:4) Statera
Concept : Videoprojection-augmented sculpture. A load scale embedded in the ground measures groups of visitors wheight/motion and triggers a VU-meter kind of paramétric animation.
Artistic Technique : unrolled poplar wood (1), tire, ferro-carbonic alloy structure (2).
Digital Technique : magnetic rotation sensor, microcontroller, computer (3), videoprojector.
(1) crate, (2) steel, (3) using custom script developped with python5) Reine Scie
Concept : A sculpture half-man, half-dolphin. From abyssal sounds to machine entrails, it comunicates algorithmically with visitors.
Artistic Technique : unrolled poplar wood (1), elastomeres (2) laminated wood on tire.
Digital Technique : ultrasonic distance sensor (3), microcontroller for sensor and sound syntesis(4), speakers.
(1) crate, (2) latex, (3) sonar, (4) using Sensorium/Mozzi library.
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Making-of and exhibition pics