Steel, wood, ball bearings, motor, motor controllers, fabric, projection.
The motion of the sculpture initiated by live wave-height data from NOAA (noaa.gov/).
The sound created by the movement of the ball bearings emulates the sound of ocean waves.
Inner Tube Knots
A pair of woven inner tube knots that jitter as buses approach a stop near the gallery. Both inner tube knots are activated as the bus approaches, one from bus platform just outside the gallery, the other lives inside the gallery. Each knot has a removable capsule which contains a motor, robotic motor controller, Arduino, X-Bee transceiver, and rechargeable 12-volt battery.
Additional electronics and programming assistance: Joshua Borsman
When manually rocked, the motion initiates a recording of Humpback whalesong. The sculpture becomes a resonating chamber for the vibrating whalesong, and steel and floor surfaces.
Rope, galvanized steel I-beams, 90-volt motors, motor controllers.
Simple motor rotation transforms the piece into a chaotic geometry through transference of energy. Unique chaotic geometries are generated by arranging the rope in specific ways prior to activating the motor.
The sculpture inflates every time the International Space Station passes over predetermined locations on earth.
Bell, Switchglass, Laser, Pool
Microphone, transducers, amplifier, water pool, laser, oil pipeline cap.
Acting as a bell, the oil pipeline cap sends an audio signal to transducers placed in a pool of water. Ripples created by the transducers move across the surface of the water. A laser pointed toward the water reflects onto the Switchglass. When the bell is rung, a light pattern emerges.
Acting as a pendulum, the buoy swings just above the bailing wire. The zip tie attached to the buoy becomes a plectrum, plucking the bailing wire and sending a loud single-note signal to the speaker.
Blown mirrored glass, water, formed and fabricated aluminum and steel, vice, lasers, scientific tripod.
Light from the laser reflects off of the water and mirrored glass to create projected light patterns reminiscent of brain synapses, bone marrow, electrically charged particles from the sun as the enter the earth's atmosphere, and space nebula.
On approaching the room, the motion sensor activates the motor. As the motor begins to spin, the attached rare-earth magnet propels a reverse-polar magnet that is attached to the steel bar. Without physical contact, the bar begins to wave across the bass guitar pickup, creating a heartbeat-like sound signal that is sent to speakers within the faraday room.
The directional emitters send two, separate focused sounds toward the spinning dish. One sound signal is the last recorded mating call of the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō, an extinct bird from Hawai'i. The other is a recording of NASA's Voyager 1 robotic probe as it moves through interstellar space.
As the dish spins, the linear sound signals, both aimed at the center of the dish, eventually collide. The sound creates a relationship between animals of earth and deep space.
Additional sound assistance: April Soetarman
Gimbal Dish, Directional Sound
Portfolio of Possibilities included many pieces that were products of the process: Moiré Screen, Anvils, Rubber Anvil, Marlin, Gober, Bungee, and others.