Shoes, Industrial Computer, Compressed Air Components
4.5m x 4.5m x 0.5m
SoleNoid is a theater of mechanical movements and sounds. Composed of eight classic black and white tap shoes with ornamental brogue patterns that are arranged symmetrically in a circular formation upon a large 4.5m diameter black wooden disc. Each shoe is impaled with metallic manipulators and attached via these to a sculptural structure. Each of these eight structure's holds a single shoe inches in the air above a small circular metal plate. Sequentially the metal plate is framed upon a glossy white wooden disc. Forming a pattern of circles within circles…. The manipulators or to be more precise the compressed air cylinders allow each shoe to move with the help from its electro-mechanical solenoid valves and a spaghetti of electrical wires and air hoses. As the shoes move they strike the metal discs in a variety of ways; toe tap, heal tap, stamp, shuffle, leather slap etc…. Each movement produces its own characteristic sound and they are orchestrated in two alternating ways:
1. A computer beating out a preprogrammed composition written by Marko Wild. Here sounds occur sometimes in sync and sometimes in back-beats. It’s a concert of many different tones, all short, sharp and to the point that. In some fast passages, the mind links it to the sound of castanets.
2. The audience can play SoleNoid via the tear drop shaped keyboard keys on the control panel which is placed next to SoleNoid. The keyboard functions like a sequencer and with each key press a short loop of movements / sounds are triggered. These sounds and movements can easily be patched together by the audience to produce a new composition.