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The work reflects on the early days of cybernetic research and its influence on the art movements emerging from the period of 50/60s - minimalist/conceptual art. It deals with the concept of complex systems and uses feedback to represent a basic example of self-adaptive system i.e. artificial intelligence. The cube construction purposefully reminds of the minimalist/conceptualist works of the 50/60s, such as the forms of Soll Lewitt, the father of conceptual art/programmatic art. This symbolically suggests the link between scientific ideas from the late 40s and their reflection onto the global conscience of the 50/60s.

This cube is one of the three cubes that are planned for construction and will consequently form a larger piece with a possibility of modularly assembling them.

The construction of the work resembles the paper tape transport on the first computer Colossus that the British code breakers used to read encrypted German messages during World War II.

The cube is constructed out of thin steel tubes as a sturdy support for the magnetic tape loop. The magnetic tape is looped around the wheels that are fixed to the cube construction with elastic bands to keep the angle and the tension of the tape. A stepper motor is moving the tape around the wheels with constant speed. A system of play/record magnetic heads is connected to the cube construction. All of the connecting wires are hidden inside of the steel tubes of the cube. The sound of the surrounding space and the visitors is broadcast and recorded randomly on different parts of the looped tape making a constant feedback/delay loop that is gradually developing more and more.

As opposed to classical feedback loop this one is hyper-spacial, since it has multiple recording points that trigger randomly on random parts of the tape. The spatial recording of the space and the interactions with the space and the constant rewriting of the loop serve like a spatial amplifier, accenting the characteristics of the particular space of the performance and removing the articulated sounds, abstracting it until the only thing left is the sound of the space and how it resonates.

Technical details:
8 play/record megnetic heads
1 electromagnet
1 stepper motor
Audio interface
4 condenser microphones
Steel contruction 1,5 x 1,5 x 1,5m
80m of wire

Produced by T.R.I.B.E. and MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art

The drawing on which the work is based. Original sketch from Antun Motika and the only source of information for constructing the work. The notebook is dated from 1948.

The work is based on a simple sketch from the year 1948, by a Croatian artist Antun Motika. Motika is formally known as a semi-figurative painter but after his death his widow left a huge archive of notebooks with sketches for light and kinetic artworks to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. I was commissioned by the Museum to make a “reconstruction” of one of his works. They thought that I was the most appropriate choice since, in my own work, I use similar technologies, and also, I am finishing my MA in Media Art Histories, this being exactly in the area of my expertise.

The Antun Motikas sketch for Lumino-Kinetic object is a very simple one and open to interpretations. It doesn’t give thorough instructions about how the work should be constructed. I have set the dimensions of the work based on the technical aspects of the work; the size of the balloons, space needed for electromagnetic valves... The construction is made transparent not to interfere with the surface of the work and to enable the shadow play as the background projection.

The work poses an interesting question about the authorship
- whose work this really is!? The meeting of two artists from different periods, that never actually met, and questions that each of them expresses through his own work. Also, it is interesting that today it’s not very difficult to construct this work, but it would be extremely or almost impossible to make it in the period when the idea for it was conceived.

Technical details:
• 20 x electromagnetic valve
• 20 x white latex baloons
• 20m PVC pipe
• Arduino Mega 2560
• 20 x Relay Module
• PIR Sensor
• Slide projector
• 2 postaments

Technical requirements:
• 50l air compressor
• Slide projector
• 2 postaments

The project is commissioned and supported by
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

Photo by Filip Beusan

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Pages: 130
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Publisher: Departamento De Ficción
Language: Spanish

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Proceedings of re-new 2013 media art conference and festival, held October 27 - November 2, 2013 at PB43, Copenhagen, Denmark. The annual re-new media art conference/festival is a meeting-point for all those active in the art-science-technology amalgam. The event is a platform for artists, technologists, curators, researchers and scientists alike, and facilitates networking, knowledge sharing and dissemination.

Pages: 346
Medium: eBook
Product Dimensions: 210x280mm
Publisher: RE-NEW Digital Arts festival
Language: English

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