'Parthenocarp' is a sound art installation which consists out of 3 one string instruments. The sound of the 3 instruments is creating a 'drone' which is changing in a very slowly way by the growth of the cucumbers. Each string is vibrating by the touch of a wooden wheel which is slowly turning around by a drill behind each instrument.
Because each cucumber has it's own speed of growing, the tone of each instrument is changing in it's own way. Therefore the drone is constantly changing into harmony and dis-harmonie...
The work refers to the changing urban plans of Alkmaar during the last 50 years. It changed from an agricultural area into an industrial area and is now being changed into a residential region.
dimension: length of each instrument: 4,5 meter
materials: cucumber plants, water, sodium lights, drill machines, ply
-wood, metal, steel strings.
exhibition: Kunsteyssen, Alkmaar, Netherlands
concept, production and design: Ronald van der Meijs
Much like how the Monolith in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" affected an entire species by introducing a new level of consciousness, We Are Matik's "Smile-Bot" was created with a similar objective in mind: to instill a sense of happiness in those around it.
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Smile-Bot was created with the intention of its objective (collecting smiles) to be achieved with little explanation which led to the design choices being made. For instance, opting for a naked-wood shell as opposed to metal was a conscious effort to make the installation more approachable. Quirky sound-effects and interactive features (a mini-smile screen), as well as the natural occurrence of looking at other people's faces from within the bot add a quirky, awkwardness that create an environment where participants can't help but smile.
- A custom application was developed in Processing to interface with four cameras mounted inside the Smile-bot.
- The cameras monitors participant’s faces with Facial Recognition technology and a custom Smile Detecting algorithm.
- An array of color changing RGB LEDs react to each participant’s smile.
- Four 7-segment LED counters displays the number of smiles collected.
- A rainbow appears after four participants smile at the same time.
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