Tosh van Veenendaal
Our idea for the installation has evolved from its original form of an experimentation of light and colour to a self-destructive kinetic sculptor that has been directly influenced by artists such as Fischli and Weiss, Jean Tinguely and Len Lye.
The premise of the sculpture* has been based other the theories presented in the 1975 fifty episode television series created by the Science historian James Burke. The series traces the origin of modern technologies and in the process induces a catharsis about how and why society’s dependency on tools has been engrained so deeply in everyday life.
Our group has decided to design a sculpture that is situated in the stairwell of the DAB. Our aim is create a device that drips water through the void between the stairs to a targeted position on level two. The device that operates the dripper is a solenoid and arduino that will be programmed with processing. The water will land on to a laptop that will be operating the device and hopefully short circuit the laptop, hence destroying it.
The other options before settling on the computer as the target point for the drip were a simple saucepan or a lit candle which would go out from the drip. The decision for the laptop was based purely because it would translate our concept the most clearly.
Our aim is to make the viewer question the decision to use a program such as Max and all the other required devises to simply achieve a drop of water. We want people to think it is an absurd idea. We aim to create a sense of anticipation and tension when witnessing a drop of water fall from the 7th floor to the 2nd -a journey that takes approximately three seconds- only to land on the brain that is controlling the drop.
The group has been divided into three parts for each member: Jack will be predominately designing the code and devices, Rosie will be in charge of the void and fall of the drop and I will be in charge of the target point, which is the computer.
Links to influences:
Fischli and Weiss:
Len Lye:Wind Wand
*In my opinion, other group members may be influenced more strongly from other areas.