1. Peter William holden Presents [Vicious Circle]


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    Choreographic installation Materials: Composite plastic, Computer, Compressed Air Components, Mp3 Player. Dimensions: 5m x 4m x 1.50m “Vicious Circle” is inspired by the “The Industrial Revolution” and the subsequent changes in human development brought about by that revolution. It is a brutalist robotic structure and it is a representation of some of the fears I have with technology. The motion of the machine reminds me of the relentless movement of progress as the machine moves to its predetermined program, ignorant of its environment and unwilling to stop if anything gets in its way. Though paradoxically it is possible to see beauty within its movements as the life size cast hands rise and fall forming a swarm that flocks together like birds in a choreographed dance to Prokofiev’s “Dance of the knights". Thus reminding me that technology is a double edged sword and we / humanity have the possibility to decide which direction it will take.

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    • The Last Gun


      from Made in Constantine / Added

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      The Last Gun is a mechano-robotic flute built out of a disabled shotgun and salvaged industrial components. The gun barrels have been transformed into a fully functional double-flute, which is played by compressed air. The mechanics are controlled via the use of open-source electronics using an Arduino microprocessor and the data visualization is accomplished through a Raspberry Pi board. The programmable robot graphically charts and then musically depicts the rise & fall of annual U.S. arms exports over 5 decades. The flute’s aural response is based upon a value judgment. It is programmed to play a somber melody for every rise in arms exports and an upbeat tune for every year the arms exports drop. This work is the next iteration of the Chifte Kavali ( http://vimeo.com/45427394 ).

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      • Doppio Espresso Dance


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        Here is a video of a new piece I made for the Kinetica Art Fair. I had always wanted to make a piece that contained a pinwheel gear made from wood and metal. These gears are the kind you would find on an old windmill. They seem pretty simple but are tough to get right. Starting with the tin can base and half an idea I first needed to make a set of working gears. I used Adobe Illustrator to generate my own templates. Transferred them to wood disks that I cut with a hole saw. I made the mechanism first and then settled on a narrative. Near the end of my process it was almost an afterthought to use the used coffee filter as the dress for her. There is an instructional aspect to this video for other makers who may want to attempt something like this.

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        • Peter William Holden Presents [AutoGene]


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          Dimensions; 450 x 450 x 80 cm. Materials; umbrellas, Computers, Compressed Air Components. Giving a first impression of a simple commodity sculpture, “AutoGene” lures the viewer into a false sense of security, which is then, at the flick of a switch, rapidly dispelled. The seemingly mundane umbrellas are transformed into magical, kinetic objects. The circular arrangement combined with the striking contrast produced as the umbrellas expand and contract engender the formation of abstract ephemeral patterns, which are seemingly governed by the accompanying music. The viewer is obliged to re-evaluate the sculpture, inviting comparisons with dance and animation as the mechanical pixels complete their choreographed movement through time and space.

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          • Peter William Holden Presents [Arabesque]


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            Dimensions; 450 x 450 x 150 cm. Materials; Composite plastic, Computers, Compressed Air Components. In my recent work I have concerned myself not only with the sculpting of three dimensions but also with a fourth: the dimension of time. I have attempted to create kinetic works that evolve, adapt and regress. Work which falls somewhere between conventional notions of pictorial art and a kind of performance. “Arabesque” is the natural continuation of this exploration – a real time animation. With its roots in Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” and the alchemist’s laboratory, the installation presents itself as a mechanical flower: a simulacrum of nature. Life sized human body parts, impaled upon steel, move and sway and dance. The limbs, translucent and livid, bare their internal robotic mechanisms to the gaze of the viewer. The wiring itself is an aesthetic expression deliberately integrated into the installation to bring chaotic lines of abstract form to contrast with the organized symmetry of the body parts. The lifeblood of this organism is air and when activated this air flows invisibly, bestowing movement to these mechanisms and its presence is only betrayed when exhaled loudly from the valves attached to the serpentine air hose.This combined with the rattle of relays and the tandem clattering of pistons to produce a hyper-modern accompaniment to the music of Strauss. Part cinema, part theatre, “Arabesque” can be viewed form a multitude of angles, revealing a kaleidoscope of beautiful shapes and patterns created from the human form.

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            • When You Wink The Other Eye


              from Sally Eckhoff / Added

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              Sally makes a flipbook demonstrating animal motion. Spot is the model, but he turns into a tree...

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              • The Silent Partner


                from Gina Kamentsky / Added

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                A quick low fi tour of my latest piece.

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                • Suspension : Sculptural Clock


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                  Floor clock with grasshopper escapement

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                  • Cleiti : Sculptural Clock


                    from phil abernethy / Added

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                    Table clock with a variation on the grasshopper escapement.

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                    • Gallerydrive Presentation Setup


                      from Niklas Roy / Added

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                      This video features a presentation setup of Gallerydrive and the Robotik Room. While the project is not fully finished in this film, you can have a look on http://www.royrobotiks.com to find more about the background.

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