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Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

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  • On August 10, 2006



Another interactive kinetic sculpture from Jonathan Schipper , 2 participants are taken from the audience and buckled into the saddles on either end of the machine. The participants are then lifted into the air. Both participants are provided hand controllers that allow them to control the movement of the saddles, which are on pneumatically powered gimbals, and the central rotation of the machine. Some movements are shared and some affect only one or the other of the two participants. The function of each input button on the controllers is changed by a computer on a regular basis so that the participants can not gain full control of the machine. 


A rock and roll band is playing electric instruments near by. The amplification for the band is turned on by the machine while the machine is in the air. The band members (Outside Man) wear helmets that isolate the band, who can not hear anything other than their own sounds. After a few minutes the participants are brought back to the ground and released from the machine.  The band is turned off and the machine is ready for the next cycle.



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