26”(w) x24”(d) x42” (h)
"Not A Sad Tale" is a three-dimensional automaton with painted flat characters moving on different planes. This composition of images, sound and movement is Lanina's attempt to create a work of art that exists on the threshold between painting, animation and sculpture. The audio track plays an ultra-sentimental song to the accompaniment of nervously twitching chords.
The characters in the display are brought to life using a variety of electromechanical devices, orchestrated by an Atmega microcontroller. Figures parade in front of the viewer on a linear bearing guide, using a quarter-inch chain drive. The figures are animated using small servos and independent microcontrollers. The movements of the two main female figures are synchronized as they glide to and fro. Other characters act independently. A hacked MP3 player provides the soundtrack. A distance sensor at the front of the piece activates the motion and music only when a viewer stands in front of it.
Technical development by Theodore Johnson
Music by Yevgeniy Sharlat