Archiv der Kategorie: Installation Art

Forced Leisure

Interactive hammock, 100x400x100cm

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Year: 2015

Christoph Gruber & Laura Skocek
Techniques: sewn conductive thread, Arduino + vvvv

idea & sound design: Christoph Gruber & Laura Skocek
textile sensor design and installation: Christoph Gruber
electronics and programming (based on Firmata, Arduino and VVVV): Laura Skocek

 

ArticulAction Interview

 

 

Eine Hängematte, Symbol für Freizeit, Entspannung, und sogar Freiheit, wird mit Elementen einer Zwangsjacke konterkariert.
Eingewobene textile Sensoren messen den „Grad der Entspannung“. Bewegungen und Ausbruchsversuche werden an unterschiedlichen Stellen wahrgenommen und in störende Audiosignale umgewandelt, die den Probanden beschallen.

Zeitfenster der Mußemöglickeit werden in unserer Gesellschaft nach dem Vorbild unseres Erwerbslebens verplant und ausgenützt. Es wird dabei stets auf Produktivität abgezielt.
„Forced Leisure“ bietet einen safe space, einen Mußekokon zum Nichtstun. Die interaktive Installation spielt mit dem Imperativ „Entspann dich JETZT!“
Wer sich daran nicht halten kann und aktiv werden möchte, wird schnell und laut daran erinnert, dass jetzt die Zeit zum Entspannen ist.

Der Titel „Forced Leisure“ ist den sogenannten „Leisure Theories“* entlehnt und spielt auf die erzwungene Erwerbslosigkeit an, die vor allem Langzeitarbeitslose betrifft, die am Jobmarkt nur mehr schwer vermittelbar sind, als auch Personen, die von Vornherein vom Erwerbsleben ausgeschlossen werden (Asylsuchende, zum Teil Frauen) oder für die es nur unzureichende Inklusionsmaßnahmen gibt, die eine für sie sinnhafte Beschäftigung ermöglichen (Menschen mit Behinderung).

 

A hammock, a symbol of leisure, relaxation and even freedom, is combined with elements of a straitjacket.
Textile sensors are woven into the fabric and measure the “degree of relaxation”. Movement and attempts of escape are detected in different spots and transformed into audio glitches, which are used to treat the proband.

Time frames for leisure are premeditated in our society, imitating the way we live our work life, thoroughly planned and with the greatest possible efficiency in mind.
“Forced Leisure” offers a safe space, a leisure cocoon for doing nothing. The interactive installation plays with the imperative “Relax NOW!”
A person who does not want to abide to that and who wants to get active, is reminded loudly and immediately that now is the time to relax.

The title “forced leisure” is borrowed from “leisure theories”* and refers to forced unemployment, affecting mostly permanently unemployed persons as well as those that are excluded from working life in the first place (asylum seekers, partly women) or for whom only insufficient measures of inclusion in the job market exist, that would make a meaningful occupation possible for them (people with disabilities).
 

*Rojek, Chris: Capitalism and Leisure Theory. Routledge, 2013.

 

Christoph Gruber / Laura Skocek

 

Special thanks to Schmiede Hallein

noise pieces

Reactive sound sculptures

Year: 2015

 

Noise is transformed into the beginning of familiar tunes by pulling and stretching.
A mind map of auditive memory can be discovered beneath a textile surface, the user is acting as a trigger.
The characteristics of the material make the emerging layers of sound subject to constant change, even when the sensing parts of the objects are not touched at the moment.

This is a continuation of the work Noise Rag.

 

 

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Installation sketch

Photos by Stephanie Paine

Woman Yelling at Waves

Performance
Reactive video sculpture
 
Year: 2015

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A woman yelling unintelligible words into the sea.

A staircase.

An interruption of thought.

 

Videos:
Performance documentary 2’55“ – camera by Christoph Gruber
Commercial break – 3 Videos à 12“

Materials: monitor, 2 plinths, Arduino UNO, MPR121 board, capacitance sensing staircase made of ITO plastic and cardboard, acrylic paint, tape, computer

Software: Arduino, vvvv

 
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„Scenery is Dim“ Exhibition Setting @ Sím Gallery, 101 Reykjavik – April 2015

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ephemeral patterns

Premise:

In my artistic work I use physiological rhythms, brain activity measurements during non-tangible states of consciousness, as a basis for the movement of kinetic sculptures. Digital scan works revolve around the transformation of different kinds of movement produced by „natural“ rhythms like canvases moved by wind or sea waves.

During an artist-in-residence stay at Nida Art Colony, Lithuania (March, 2014) natural rhythms in the nearby National Park and in the village of Nida were discovered and used as artistic dataset.

“Ephemeral patterns” were collected, filtered and translated during the time in the colony. They were recorded during moments were perception was either heightened or in a contemplative mode.

Some of them can be sonified with electronic devices producing new patterns, referring to the difficulty or impossibility of measuring mental states or particular feelings and how we only approximate and are not able to depict phenomenons or the memory of them without modification.

Texts were collected from inhabitants and visitors, formed while being in the in-between-state of falling asleep, and meshed up to the sentence:

“In the name of the father this is the last thing you documented for the dogs.”

The collection of works is framed by a kinetic object, its form developed automatically.

In combination they can be seen as an ephemeral print of the location and the people residing there at the time of the stay.

This is a device to sonify patterns of movement, recorded during sunset at the beach near Nida Art Colony, during a windy day in Nida village and during a foggy day in the Parnidden Dunes.

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Parnidden Dune, translation 3

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This is a device to sonify images painted or dripped shortly after waking up.

The circuit has been adapted from a noise maker tutorial via www.bareconductive.net

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photo by Natacha Paganelli

 

The sound accompanying the video is a „foley“-recording, produced in the studio in order to recreate the cracking sound of ice,  echoing the melt down in the lagoon in Nida.

 

This art project has been financed with the support of the Land of Lower Austria //
Gefördert durch das Land Niederösterreich

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reconfigure(d) – object 2

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September 2013, Schmiede, Hallein, Salzburg

The sculptures “reconfigure(d) – object 1” and “reconfigure(d) – object 2” are part of a series of kinetic objects dealing with elusive states of consciousness and the translation of brain activity measurements into rhythms.
The measurements were taken between sleep and wakefulness.
With this body of work I am studying the plasticity of human cognitive style in relation to artistic and scientific research practice, questioning the idea of predictability of human behavior.

Sponsored by subnet
Special Thanks to Schmiede, Tinkerlab, Lukas Raschendorfer (technical consulting) and many more!

sentient (being) reconfigure(d)

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Rauminstallation/Performance/Lyrik
Technik: Federstahldraht, gestrickter Kupferlackdraht, Nitinolmechanismus, Platine, Arduino, Kinect

2010 / 2012

Die Installation „sentient (being)“, hergestellt für den Schauraum der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien (Electric Avenue, Museumsquartier, 2010), wurde für die Ausstellung reconfigure(d) im November 2012 in den Räumlichkeiten des Yppenplatz 9 weiterentwickelt.

Laura Skocek, Raffaela Gras und Lena Schwentenwein haben eine Grammatik entwickelt, die es erlaubt, mit dem Objekt über Bewegungsmuster zu kommunizieren.
Die gegenseitige Beeinflussung von Performerin und Objekt ruft im jeweils anderen neue Verhaltensweisen hervor. Basis der Bewegungen des Objekts sind Rhyhtmen, die aus der Messung von Gehirnaktivität während des Einschlafens abgeleitet wurden.

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Zusätzlich wurde der Poet Joshua Muyiwa (Bangalore, Indien) eingeladen ein Gedicht für die Ausstellung zu verfassen. Die Aufzeichnugn der Lesung wurde an zwei Abenden gespielt.

Idee, Konzept: Laura Skocek
Material und Raumkonzept in Kollaboration mit Lena Schwentenwein
Performance: Raffaela Gras
Lyrik: Joshua Muyiwa
Elektronik: Lukas Raschendorfer
Video: Christoph Gruber, Laura Russo, Jennifer Schwartze

sentient (being)

Installation, 2010

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Photo by Peter Kainz

 

One barely notices the phase between sleep and wakefulness.

Experiences of the last dream may still have an effect, bits of information, still lingering from the hours before falling asleep, fade away.

For the installation sentient (being) a physiological rhythm measured during that phase is being transferred onto an object, seemingly bringing it to life.

– Laura Skocek, 2010

 

Material and room concept in cooperation with Lena Schwentenwein

 

Longtext:

We live in the age of the quantified self. Physiological data is recorded over periods of time, the evaluation and interpretation is done by machines.

Electroencephalography and imaging methods are used to measure patterns in brain activity during cognitive processes or affective states. Bionic limbs, deemed Science Fiction not so long ago, can be controlled via EEG-based technology.

The translation of thoughts into the physical world seems to be close at hand.

How does an object behave that is being fed with data derived from brain activity measurement results?

The installation sentient (being) is a result of artistic research delving into that question.

Knitted tubes in combination with modular parts made of steel wire shape an irregularly textured, dynamic body that is adapted to the Schauraum Angewandte. The motion dynamics are algorithmically arranged impulses, derived from measurements of a physiological rhythm.

Laura Skocek went to a sleep lab in order to identify her cognitive imprint during the phase between sleep and wakefulness.

 

August, 5th- September, 25th 2010, 10am – 10pm,

Angewandte Showroom, MQ Vienna, Electric Avenue

Finissage: Sept. 23rd, 19h

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sponsored by TU Graz E-Power Racing

 

Documentation:

Flickr Set

 

Thanks to: Robert Brenn, Wolfgang Fiel, Christoph Gruber, Hedy Howe, Lydia Lindner, Christian Löw, Lukas Raschendorfer, Laura Russo, Ruth Schnell, Veronika Schnell, Senf TV, Robert Skocek, Doris Skocek, Verena Skocek and many more

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