Prototype Electric Light Machine for a Modern Room machine installation
materials: 3D printed parts, wood, stepper and servo motors, electronics
dimensions: 245 cm x 123 cm x 16 cm
Inspired by curator Oliver Botars ideas about the exhibition and a response to the Light Space Modulator by Laszlo Mohohy-Nagy,
this new work was built using some of the industrial design principles and ideas put forth by Moholy-Nagy and the Bauhaus
School along with my own ideas borne by my interest in new digital manufacturing technologies. This machine was initially
installed at the Plugin Institute of Art and following that exhibition was installed at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin.
There it was installed in a much overlooked space(a corner of the gallery). The corner becomes a projection surface. The RGB LEDs
on servo arms create a source of changing light for a mirror ball mounted on a stepper motor to reflect. Movement of the machine, the mirror
ball and the servo arms make for lots of possibilities to modulate the colours and project the RGB light on the walls and
machine surfaces. The machine is only lit by it's own light.
Prototype Electric Light Machine for a Modern Room is autonomous and has some interactive elements making it a robot.
Its movements and behaviours are controlled by software running on two Arduino Uno micro controllers. Sensors mounted
on the main 'body' monitor light, EMF(electro magnetic frequencies) and motion. The machine responds in multiple ways
moving it's various parts.
The Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design located in Berlin Germany houses a collection of art works, documents and such related
to the Bauhaus School which operated from 1919 - 1933. The Bauhaus was one of the most influential schools of architecture,
design and 20th century art. It's influences resonate through out the worlds of art and design even today.
Many of the instructors(including Laszlo Moholy-Nagy) and students laid down a foundation of new ideas and methods
for creating art and performance. Media art as we know it has been and continues to be inspired by The Bauhaus. The
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: Sensing the Future exhibition curated by Oliver Botar investigates these connections. Oliver
commissioned several contemporary artists to investigate Moholy-Nagy's ideas and make new work for the exhibition of
which my piece is one of.