Tomorrow I go into the Tate Modern to install my new interactive work that has been a year in the making. That among other things is the reason this blog has been so quiet in recent times but I thought I’d post something for those who are still subscribed to this blog. Its certainly time to bring it back to life and thats the plan following the Tate. For now the focus however is on assembling the worlds largest Delta Robot as part of what I hope will be a dramatic 2 days within the newsly commission Tanks space at Tate Modern in London.
As you might imagine things are little hectic for me right now so to save time I’ve just pasted the press release below along with photos from the final days of preparation.
Within the subterranean bowels of The Tanks, something primitive animates the darkness of Tate Modern’s dramatic new gallery space. A glowing tetrahedron glides through the air, suspended above peoples heads from a 21-metre motorised rail holding the world’s largest delta robot. As the only light source in the room, the tetrahedron acts as entertainer and guide to the space, dancing with the audience, and playfully encouraging them to become an active part of the performance. Through the interplay of luminous form and motion, ambiguity in visual perception is explored and manipulated in an unfolding interactive performance between the public and a kinetic installation.
“This work is a direct reaction to The Tanks space itself,” says Glynn. “We will fill the space with the sounds of this living machine, mixed live by our team of sound artists. The movements have been choreographed by master puppeteers with a lifetimes’ experience breathing life into inanimate objects. The entire installation will be constantly creating a different environment from one moment to the next, and is completely reactive to the audience in the space.”
The work builds on Glynn’s earlier pieces, Motive Colloquies (2011, Pompidou Centre Paris) and Performative Ecologies (2008, National Art Museum Beijing). Both of these examined the way in which audiences react to differing roboticised dances – but this is his most ambitious project to date. Taking its title from William Blake’s “The Tyger”, the installation returns visitors to a primal state of hyper-awareness through advanced computer vision, robotics and interactive choreography, the sum of which creates an intense, visceral and primal way to experience the Tate’s Tanks.
Motive Colloquies - Centra Pompidou Paris 2011
The work is part of the Tate’s Undercurrent programme directed at young audiences through a series of events, installations and interventions by audio, visual and performance artists. Glynn describes how “the installation engages with a treasure of a youthful mind, the ability to wilfully suspend disbelief, often a faculty lost slowly and imperceptibly with age. Young audiences of my installations care little for the technology that animates the work. So ever-present in their lives, they take it for granted, focusing instead much more on experience. They, in this respect, are my greatest critics. Equally, they are my greatest allies in their wilful suspension of disbelief at the perceptual boundaries between analog and digital, creature and machine, life and death.” Release yourself from civilized thought, suspend your disbelief and play, perform and explore the Tanks with Fearful Symmetry.
August 19th, 2012
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FABRICATE Conference is coming up and the schedule if finalised. Here are all the keynotes, chair and speaker. I excited to say I think its going to be a great event. If you’re in London in April please do try and make it.
Keynotes Mark Burry, Neri Oxman, Matthias Kohler, Philip Beesley
Chairs Hanif Kara, Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, Michael Stacey, Robert Aish
* Tim Lucas (Price and Myers)
* Asbjørn Søndergaard & Per Dombernowsky (Aarhus School of Architecture)
* Al Fisher & Benjamin S. Koren (Buro Happold & 1:One Computational Geometry)
* Marco Verde, MarkDavid Hosale & Jelle Feringa (TU Delft)
* Achim Menges, Simon Schleicher & Moritz Fleischmann (Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart University)
* Skylar Tibbits (MIT)
* Hanno Stehling (Design to Production)
* Ho-Yin Ng (AL_A)
* Marta Malé-Alemany (AA – IaaC)
* Wes McGee (Taubman College)
* Cristiano Ceccato (Zaha Hadid Architects)
* Xavier De Kestelier (Foster + Partners)
* Nat Chard (University of Manitoba)
* Phil Ayres (CITA)
* Enric Ruiz Geli (Cloud9)
* Chiara Tuffanelli (Arup)
FABRICATE is an International Peer Reviewed Conference with supporting publication and exhibition to be held at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London from 15-16 April 2011. Discussing the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing processes, FABRICATE will bring together pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology and computation. Discussion on key themes will include: how digital fabrication technologies are enabling new creative and construction opportunities, the difficult gap that exists between digital modeling and its realization, material performance and manipulation, off-site and on-site construction, interdisciplinary education, economic and sustainable contexts.
Cloud 9 Architects – Enric Ruiz-Geli speaking on Day 2 of Fabricate
FABRICATE has emerged as the first in a series of focused events from the highly successful ‘Digital Architecture London’ Conference and ‘Digital Hinterlands’ Exhibition in September 2009. Organised by The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, FABRICATE frames discussion around the presentation of built or partially built works by individuals/collaborators in research, practice and industry selected through our Call for Works (Now Closed). From more than 240 submissions our international panel of experts have independently blind reviewed and selected an innovative range of projects to feature in FABRICATE’s conference, exhibition and publication.
February 14th, 2011
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Here’s a conference coming up at London Metropolitan University, Interactive Architecture 2010 will look at interactive design and architecture featuring some of Londons key players. See lineup below
THEMES AND SPEAKERS
Sensory: Sound and Light
Jason Bruges > Jason Bruges Studios
Michael Spencer > Sound Strategies
Usman Haque > Haque Design and Research
Alexandros Tsolakis > UnitedVisualArtists
Metaphysical: Materials/Structures, skins, information systems and the internet of things
Armand Terrulli > Vector Foiltec
Duncan Wilson > Arup Foresight
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino > Tinker London
Art and Play: community and interaction
Ghislaine Boddington > B>D>S
Eva Rucki > Troika
Scott Burnham> Urban Play
Experiential and Experimental Architecture
Alex Haw > Atmos
Mike Stubbs > FACT
Various Plenary Speakers
October 3rd, 2010
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Alan Worn – Discordant folly encountered at daybreak, at the foot of the mountain
‘Constructing Realities’ is the summer exhibition at Arup’s Phase 2 Gallery presenting some of the best of London’s young graduate architecture students work. It follows last years Digital Hinterlands exhibition which brought together masters student work from across London’s four leading architecture schools, the AA, the Bartlett, Westminster and RCA.
Justin Goodyre – A Prototype for an Adaptive Bloom
This years exhibition focuses on the best work from the new Postgraduate Certificate Course in Advanced Architectural Research, set up at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, to give students with Masters degrees the opportunity to take their work to a further stage development. The exhibition shows how some of the best Masters portfolios and theses contain the seeds of serious design research proposals, and how these might be taken forward to create new types of place, novel interactive building elements and new façade and structural systems.
Tetsuo Nagata – Monomyths
Architecture and engineering have a history where research and practice go hand in hand, where many great practices have grown as a result of fundamental research and where many research projects arise from groundbreaking design. This is especially true during periods of economic inactivity when recent modes of working are called into question and new modes (sometimes based on rediscovered historical precedent) are established. This can lead to the formation of innovative practices and to the start of academic careers in research and teaching.
Matt Shaw – Subverting the LiDAR landscape
Constructing Realities only shows the tip of the research iceberg these students have gone through turning dozens of drawings, experiments, physical and software prototypes into standalone pieces. Work presented includes a prototype responsive screen proposed as a speculative stage set, site specific responsive installations investigating themes of digital participatory storytelling, virtual environments exploring maze and labyrinths as apposing models for spatial navigation, and laser scanning drawings exploiting the potential for error, mistruth, mistake and subversion within their production.
Vlad Tenu – Minimal Surfaces as Architectural Prototypes
The exhibition runs until the 1st October 2010
August 30th, 2010
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covers emerging architectural and artistic practices where digital technologies & virtual spaces merge with tangible and physical spatial experiences. An active architecture, sensing, observing, feeling, listening, thinking, reacting, proposing, adapting, learning, even sometimes interacting. It is an architecture in constant flux best suited to prototyping and semi-perminant installations.
Editor: Ruairi Glynn
Installaton Artist, he's Lecturer at the Bartlett, UCL and is Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martin College, UAL.
He is the co-author of Digital Architecture: Passages Through Hinterlands & Fabricate: Making Digital Architecture co-edited with Bob Sheil.
Guest Writer: Paul Skinner
Freelance Interaction Designer