The experimental artistic approaches serve to push us beyond conventional concepts and give us a new perspective on the world. Within our project, the artists are aimed at formulating a critical approach to scientific research, while also supporting experimentation as a scientific method, and that way making scientific knowledge open to the public.
Finnbogi Pétursson generates resistance at a frequency of 7.8 hertz in a basin filled with water. The sound can be felt and heard, as well as seen in the form of waves on the water’s surface. This particular frequency corresponds to a physical phenomenon known as the Schumann resonance, which describes the vibration of the Earth’s electromagnetic field. For Pétursson, this frequency is our planet’s pulse.
A physical art-object whose purpose is to feel its way around and to articulate the relation between its own shape and its surroundings. By changing the length of its sides, this object breaks its own perfect symmetry and can feel the surrounding room with sensors attached to each of its corners. The knowledge of the position and the extension of the individual modules and of the interrelationship among their respective positions enables the entire object to move freely within the space by shifting its center of gravity.
The central idea of the project lies in an abstract artistic interpretation of the wave-particle duality concept that every physical object may be described mathematically in terms of wave quotations, as well as from a formalist point of view that conceives object as a particle or a particle system. As a textbook example of that duality, we can think of light as a particle (photon) flux, which works like an electromagnetic wave in various physical experiments.
An artwork itself is a complex light and sound object in which directed light lines are divided by rotating mechanical fan repeatedly and sequentially, but not simultaneously – as to create a polyphase source of uncertain events. The uncertainty relation sets the lower limit for the product of the paired observables standard deviations. The principle of uncertainty discovered by Werner Heisenberg in 1927 is one of the milestones of quantum mechanics, and is a corollary of the wave-particle duality principle.
Eventually, the divided and unstable system transforms into a set of binary states, which make light into a discrete message matrix, which, in turn, generates sound waves (a musical composition). Thus, the work attempts to use the experimental language of art to bring up and describe the global issues – is the universe discrete? can we describe the universe with the language of energy, frequency, and vibration – in accordance with the testament of Nikola Tesla?
Massoud Hassani designed and built, by hand, a wind-powered device, heavy enough to trip land mines as it rolls across the ground. He drew his inspiration from his childhood. Growing up on the outskirts of Kabul, he would play there with his younger brother with their homemade, wind powered toys. These would sometimes get lost, blown astray they would roll out into the desert landing amongst landmines, too dangerous to retrieve. These landmines often cause accidents especially among children that would play near them.
The Mine Kafon is approximately the height of a man. The core of the Kafon is a 17kg iron casing surrounded by dozens of radiating bamboo legs that each have a round plastic "foot" at their tip. Inside the ball is a GPS unit to map where it has been – and in theory land cleared of mines. The data will be available in real-time accessible online. The feet act as a suspension mechanism, which allows the entire Kafon to roll over bumps, holes and so forth. In all, it weighs a little more than 80kg. The designed weight is enough pressure to trigger a landmine as it is about as heavy as a person, mimicking the footstep of a human being.
With each detonation the Mine Kafon loses just one or two legs so it could potentially destroy three or four landmines in one journey. The total cost of one is about $60 USD. It is faster, safer and up to 120 times cheaper then the traditional techniques.
Expanded self II explicitly depicts and shows the human marvel: we, humans, are “a semi-continuous spectrum of interactive bacterial nations”, as we have ten times more bacterial cells than human cells living both in and on us. Suddenly, we realize that the form we witness is not casted as a unique piece but results from the accumulation of the smallest parts: microorganism that inhabit and rule the human hosts. Through this work, Bäumel creates a space where the potential of bacteria as cooperative partners can be re-imagined and where we can explore the implications for larger processes of cultural significance.
An interactive time-based sculpture. Plastic, 3D-printing, organic elements, custom-made model, wi-fi sensors, AR. Concept, realization: Dmitry Bulatov, Alexey Chebykin. Programming: Gleb Lobanov. Thanks to Irina Aktuganova (St.Petersburg). Supported by the Dmitry Zimin Dynasty Foundation for Non-commercial Programs (Moscow) and the National Centre for contemporary arts (Baltic branch, Russia).
“Access point” is an interactive multimedia project that serves to demonstrate the mediaeval optical technology and augmented reality (AR) technologies brought together. The project is based on the principle of “anamorphosis” of the Early Renaissance which consists in mathematically verified images that form an easily recognizable picture due to an optical effect. The central construction that is 3D-printed according to this principle is reflected in a mirror cylinder shaped as Tatlin’s Tower (the Monument to the Third International, 1919−20). Seeing this model in a mobile device the visitors delve into a reality of the 1920-s supplemented with the famous monument dedicated to the future global community. One of the innovative decisions of the project is how the image on the screen depends on the grass’s growth on the interactive model. At all times the process of information transmission implied the idea of instability of the environment and, consequently, controlled the possibility of its further transformation.
“Tour en l’air” is an impressive installation at the nexus of fashion, art and architecture. Each of several deco busts slips into a floor-length red taffeta dress and is then brought to life by a computer-controlled electric motor. Although the individual elements are merely machines and pieces of fabric, the overall composition seems to amount to a poetic expression of something quintessentially human: an enchanting dance.
ArsRecollected is an installation inspired by facts from Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria as well as its activities internationally. The idea of technology while meeting art and design is covered by five parts of the installation: the Ars Electronica Center, the Ars Electronica Festival, the Prix Ars Electronica, the Ars Electronica Futurelab and Ars Electronica Solutions. Each of these topics is described in the form of infographics, illustrations, video-animations and simply kinetic systems. Each storyline goes chronological from 1979 up to now, in which one year is represented by a 3 seconds of installation-life in a loop. ArsRecollected is based on the former project XXrecollected by Marek Straszak. It is about the language of new media that is brought onto one wall and that mixes the “real” with the digital and creates a multi-layered experience. Great inspiration for this work was derived from Rube Goldberg and the Mécaniques Discursive installation.
ARTSAT Project is developing spacecrafts for artistic missions to make the space familiar to everybody, not only to specialists. The spacecrafts have 3 concepts:
Open: It is open satellite to be utilized widely in our society.
Physical: It moves our feeling and emotions physically as a work of art.
Aesthetic: Its function and visuals are aesthetic and totally designed.
Since 1968, scientist-artist Cornelia Hesse-Honegger has been painting pictures of flies and other bugs that have mutated as a result of environmental contamination and atomic radiation. Since the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986, she has collected more than 16,000 insects in the fallout zones of Chernobyl and nuclear facilities in Europe and the US. Her studies show that these plants severely harm the environment.
The flame is used as a medium for visualization of acoustical waves, revealing its plastics, usually controlled by nothing. A research of the potential of the sound to control burning substance from aesthetic point of view.
Human sees figures in clouds: animals, faces and even god. This kind of perception also appears in computer vision. Face-detection algorithms sometimes find faces where there are not any.
’Cloud Face’ is a collection of cloud images that are recognized as human face by a face-detection algorithm. It is a result of computer’s vision error, but they often look like faces to human eyes, too. This work attempts to examine the relation between computer vision and human vision.
The term shadowgram refers to an analogue photographic technique whereby an object placed on a sheet of photosensitized paper is exposed to light and developed chemically, thus creating a shadow-image of the object. Shadowgram is a conceptual extension of this idea, by combining a video camera, a human scale light box, image analysis software, and a vinyl cutter, we conceived a system whereby the shadow or outline of any object can be instantly, and interactively fabricated into a vinyl sticker.
A conceptual extension to the term shadowgram is to consider the words literally. ’Gram’ can mean a measurement of weight, and as a postfix it means a form of recording or writing. In the prior, we consider that a shadow has no weight, and the product of this work is a tangible shadow with weight.
Fly Factory is an ecological food production concept with Black Soldier Flies as the main component. The larvae become rich in fat and protein, which can then be harvested for human consumption. They also produce a clean and nutrient-rich soil, which is subsequently drained into compost canisters and then used for vegetable, fruit and spice production. Finally, heat generated by refrigerators that are used for larvae preparation and storage will be employed as a thermal source to maintain the humidity and temperature of the flies’ environment.
Like a spaceship, Earth travels on its course through the universe. We’re the passengers. Unfortunately, we haven’t been provided with an operating manual for Spaceship Earth and the provisions aboard our craft are finite. The population is growing, per capita energy consumption is on the rise, and the resources are getting scarcer.
Another point about Spaceship Earth is: Nobody can disembark! We have to continue on our journey through space together and attempt to better understand System Earth.
Satellites help us to analyze complex global interrelationships: the development of the weather, the ongoing measurement of expanding cities, surveillance of the oceans’ surface, the detection of forest fires. Thanks to satellite technology, we can obtain the precise data that we need to protect our environment. After all, this is the only Earth we’ve got.
We exist among the great variety of forms. Coming closer, hearing their voices, everyone reveals wonderful interconnections between phenomena.
The key method of interaction with the installation’s abstract space is focused attention. Fixing the gaze, concentrating on an unique fragment, one may see deeper and better understand the structure of the world around.
Can the knowledge be creativity? Where is the limit of the fragile balance between independence and influence?
As the coloring light comes through, each form sounds and thus embodies the polyphony of the reality.
In this research is aimed to extract and represent creature-like features of materials by providing external forces. By levitating a particle using acoustic levitation, we have enabled the particle to act as if it is a small bug moving around three-dimensionally in the real world.
Flora communication methods are not available to mankind for understanding. In the project, the artist’s idea is to give expression tool to the plants, to show their intentions and feelings — an ability to tell about how they feel.
We set the reference parameters for the basic plant’s needs — lighting, soil moisture and CO2
Then, the actual parameters are compared with reference values, and the difference measures the plant’s “mood”, which signals with sound and light.
Thus, the main idea of the project is to attract people’s attention to environmental problems, give the floral world an opportunity to express themselves through obvious and understandable mediums.
Inspired by natural mechanisms and physical phenomena, Julian Melchiorri conducted laboratory experiments in order to explore the potential for making materials that photosynthesize, and their possible applications. Silk Leaf is the first result of this research. It is a modular device that photosynthesizes, made of a biological material mostly composed of silk protein and chloroplasts.