Friday, December 3, 2010

Stroji za cinike in perfekcioniste // Machines for Cynics and Perfectionists, Galerija Kapelica, 30.11. - 07.12.2010

"Stroji za cinike in perfekcioniste so trije objekti,  ki sestavljajo navidez nemogoče podobe. Inteligenco strojev določa obsesivna formalistična estetika in brezhibno delovanje, ki se postavlja proti konvencijam postmodernizma. »Maska« iz stekla nas zaščiti pred vsiljivo fragmentiranostjo sodobnega subjekta. Robotska konstrukcija v »Ognjeni sliki« določa eksplozivne nivoje v mešanici kerozina. Izgorevanje je možno uravnavati s subtilnimi premiki senzorne rokavice za taktilno oblikovanje goreče slike. Podobo lahko nadziramo, a hkrati nam stalno uhaja iz nadzora. Hekani Pletilni stroj je utopični sistem, ki bo v času razstave spletel podobo iz pikslov, ki so prevedeni v zanke. Slika ne obstaja več izven digitalne percepcije. Vsebina podobe bo vidna le za kratek čas ob koncu razstave, ko bo pletilni stroj podobo izbrisal / podrl."  

Ida Hiršenfelder

Avtorica bo aktivirala 'Ognjene slike' vsak delavnik od 18. do 20. ure.
Zahvala: Andrej Primožič, Manuel Odendahl, Franci Černelč, Marjan Matanovič in Zvonko Drobnič.

Projekt so podprli: Ministrstvo za kulturo RS, MOL - Oddelek za kulturo in ŠOU v Ljubljani.


"Machines for Cynics and Perfectionists" are three objects, which produce seemingly impossible images. Contrary to the postmodernist conventions, the machine intelligence is determined by an obsessive formalist aesthetic and flawless operation. "Mask" out of glass protects us from the intrusive fragmentation of the contemporary subject. The robotic construction in "Fire Painting" sets off explosive levels of kerosene. Its burning can be handled by subtile movements of the sensory data glove for tactile formulation of the fiery image. Thus, the image can be manipulated, yet it constantly escapes control. Hacked "Knitting Machine" is the utopian system, which knits the image out of pixels for the duration of the exhibition. Here the pixel is translated into a noose and the image does not exist outside the digital perception anymore. Its content will be revealed only for a short time at the end of the exhibition and a moment later the Knitting machine will unravel the image. 

The author will activate "fire paintings" every workday from 18.00 - 20.00.
Thank you: Andrej Primožič, Manuel Odendahl, Franci Černelč, Marjan Matanovič and Zvonko Drobnič.

The project support: Ministry of Culture RS, MOL - Department for Culture and ŠOU in Ljubljana.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Working in overdrive

Besides the Fire Painting, I am building another apparatus The Knitting Machine. Its purpose is to slowly knit an image for the duration of an exhibition. On the last exhibition day the image is completed, knitted in its entirety once the last noose is pulled tight. A moment later, the image is unravelled like an old pullover and the knitting threads wind back onto the spools. 

I am currently in the process of hacking a particular forty year old knitting machine with the plan to MOC it. When "tamed" in a new format, the machine will knit a 3-D image, most likely an anaglyph image perceived with some sort of archetypical 3-D glasses with red and cyan color filters (red-green or red-blue lenses could do as well). This should be an interesting experiment and a further learning experience on perception - before tackling holography next. The speed of knitting will be determined by a timer - therefore it will itself be a variable - and the constructed image has to unravel in the end.

Furthermore, I am also sketching out and developing an open source mechanical book, the concept of which was published on this blog years ago. The book, which might be realized together with Stefan Doepner (f18institut), will be presented in the building of Federal Foreign Office in Berlin next year for the occasion of marking the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's independence. Constructed as a mechanical apparatus, this work will visualize and articulate the findings of a workshop coordinated by Katja Sudec, where youngsters - the workshop participants - will be joined by historians in order to explore the material that has been  excluded from Slovenian libraries as of late. Such act leads to the artificially constructed history and manipulation of the past in an attempt to construct "cleaner" history and identity of and for the state apparatus. As history gets rewritten over and over and over again this book will rewrite some of the found deletions in interesting ways. Afterwards, it will be open for articulating other contents as well. 

Now I am off to prepare for a lecture on Fire Painting, which I'll be giving to the students of Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. And listen to Gracias A La Vida by Mercedes Sosa. And take time to sit and radically do nothing too.

Stepper motor driver

1. Andrej and I worked on this 3D model for ages and I finally got the parts for the Knitting machine in a small shoe box, after they got laser cut out of plywood earlier today. These components remind me of LEGO bricks.

2. In addition, the decision to redesign the Fire Painting, due to its unsatisfactory existing form, led to the meeting and working with the amazing master glass craftsman Zvone. His abilities, support and his equipment are making the exhaustive redesign possible.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fire Painting, performance, Weimar, 20.09.2010

Photos: Loukas Bartatilas and Jennis Li Cheng Tien 

Thanks to special people: Andrej Primozič, Manuel Odendahl, Marjan Matanovič and Zvonko Drobnič.