Monday, February 23, 2015

Art 350s First Project

     For my first project in Art 350s, I have created a kinetic sculpture.  This piece is largely influenced by the extremely constructive artist Zimoun and his kinetic works.  More specifically, Zimouns' piece with DC motors that whip around wire with cotton balls attached at the end, inside of various boxes.  Not only is Zimouns' work visually appealing, but he heavily utilizes the sounds created by his kinetic sculptures as a main premise.  Also, within my piece, I tried to reference Heideggers' idea behind enframing and the use of technology.  While Heidegger references that people in our society are too far advanced with technology, there is no more escaping technology as a whole.  Also referencing the idea that technology is made and supposed to have some sort of purpose, rather than technology being a self-destructive or futile life.
     With my own kinetic sculpture, I've tried to touch up on all of the previous statements by Zimoun and Heidegger.  In explaining how it works, this aluminum circular frame, which has a cardboard base, holds a dc motor in the middle with a piece of wire attached to it.  The motor is wired to an arduino board that is coded to tell the motor what patterns to spin at.  The motor is shifted very slightly from the center so that the wire is only long enough to scrape one side of the circular aluminum frame.  The use of the wire spinning around with a DC motor and hitting the side of the frame, thus creating sound is where my influence from Zimoun rose from.  The frame itself, containing the dc motor and arduino board within is the literal reference to Heideggers' idea on "enframing".  The more specific part of my piece, however, is where the noise is created, much like Zimoun.  While the overall aesthetic of the piece looks a whole lot like a clock might look, the arduino is coded to have the wire and small chain spin around for about 9 revolutions before it stops.  In addition to that, according to the statistics of iPhones sold in the year 2014, just about nine iPhone devices, more or less, were sold every second worldwide.