1. The Kernels of Chimaera


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    This machine contains living bacteria that produce cellulose from green tea. Each day, the machine automatically harvests a layer of bacterial cellulose that has grown in one of the nine reactor jars. The cellulose is then picked up by a vacuum arm and placed within a small wooden clamp to be inflated by a syringe. Finally, once the inflated cellulose has dried, it is carried upwards by a flow of air and begins to levitate.

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      Troblion is an autonomous spherical robot which rolls in an oval-shaped, partially irrigated sandbox. While it is rolling, it builds a layer of hardened sand on its outer surface. In this way, Troblion is able to change its appearance – its naked artificial skin gets hidden in a natural structure. But the more its layer grows, the heavier it gets. Finally, when Troblion is no longer able to move, it comes to rest to let the sand shell dry. Once the sand layer is dry enough, Troblion will start to shed the shell by deforming its silicon skin. Only then is it able to move again. The fragments which remain from the cracked sand layer are leftover pieces of gathered and re-assembled dust which indicate Troblion’s existence in time and space. www.stschwabe.com

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      • Cut and paste


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        It is a poetic moment when the invisible force of nature enters our offices. An open window, a mild breeze and light papers fly. Orderly stacks get shuffeled and data changes place. "Cut and paste" is a metaphor for our continuous world wide data traffic. It is a sculpture that invites to watch the progress bar. The remaining time is quite in the air. Sometimes data gets lost. This machine shovels data without thinking and becomes an image for monotonous paperwork. Cut and Paste is a kinetic sculpture. It was Stefan Schwabes final project at the Aix-en-Provence art school. Starting with a stack of white papers (A4) he created a mechanism wich permitts each sheet of paper one by one to take a lovely flight and to build up a new stack that way. If you do cut and paste on Microsoft Windows you may contemplate the nice metaphor of a flying sheet of paper that accompanies the digital file transfer process. The idea is to recreate this metaphor with real paper. www.stschwabe.com

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