Archive for June 25th, 2007

Prototype Static Machine

Monday, June 25th, 2007

In preparation for the exhibition, before building the real thing, I am creating a number of experimental prototype maverick machines. Some time ago, whilst building a high-voltage sculpture, I noticed the kinetic effect of static electricity attracting thin sheets of foil together, similar to the electroscope. Over the last few days I have been trying to re-create this effect, today I succeeded, and here it is harnessed in this prototype machine:

Static charge as data, capacitor memory plates storing the data, oscillating mechanical pendulums switching data through static forces, pulsing neon indicators glow, ebb and flow. Interdependent interactions, conversations between forces, sensitive to its environment, a hand subtly altering the pulsing.

Danger! high voltage shocks!!