for performer and 640 computer fans.
Marek Poliks (Concept, Sculpture, Programming)
Christian Smith (Concept, Performance, Costume)
Fraunhofer IZM Berlin
and with footage from Armin Smailovic
Sculpture construction and initial exhibition at the Kolumba Museum (2017).
Reconstruction and performance premiere at Villa Stuck (2018) for Münchener Biennale 2018.
Project commissioned by the Münchener Biennale 2018, co-produced with the Kolumba Museum.
Live performances with the voice of Barbara Poliks.
Interdictor is a performance piece for soloist with interactive sculpture. Electromyography readings (Myo bands) and inductive sensor readings (flexible electronics developed by Fraunhofer IZM) are communicated to and interpreted by a large network of Arduino Mega 2560s. The network controls a colossal array of computer fans built into the structure - bitbanging each computer fan into a small, individually addressed FM synthesizer. The fans alone produce every sound in the piece.
- - - Just before it all ended, we compressed everything we knew into thousands of palm-sized datacards and stuffed them into Ship’s belly. Had we the intention of communicating anything to anybody we might have organized them or at least made some effort towards a tidy presentation. But the whole procedure happened unthinkingly and at the last possible second.
The only other stock we afforded Ship was fuel, our entire reserve (after all, what else were we going to do with it?), and a single caretaker drone. The drone was tasked with the regular maintenance of Ship and of the archive, and it also functioned as an emergency override if Ship’s piloting routines became corrupted. Including the caretaker in the design improved the team’s morale somehow, for whatever reason its silent audience during Ship’s however-many billion years journey made the whole project feel less arbitrary. The team took further pleasure in the simplicity of Ship’s course profile - after so many other spaceflights with so many intricate calculations to get to this or that distant rock, Ship was only told to go in one direction (out).
When it was time to launch, only a few came or took interest in Ship’s departure, but of course so much else was happening at that point. As Ship took off, though, everyone felt it - it was as if some final authority had relaxed its watch and so we went about preparing for death. - - -