2007 -- 15x15x6" -- wall hung
The Anemone comprises 12 small stepper motors with doll arms attached.
The arms swing back and forth at slightly different speeds.
When an object comes too close, say within half a meter, the arms
quickly swing closed until the disturbance is removed.
When the arms start moving again they are in sync.
However they rapidly become chaotic because each is coupled to
its neighbor in the circle. The coupling signals when the previous arm
has reversed direction and is used to adjust the speed of the current
arm in an attempt to catch up. Since everyone is trying to
catch up with everyone else they (usually) loose their
synchronization, but there is a slight chance that they will all regain
sync. Such is the nature of Chaos.
In a possbily futile effort to move with the times I have reconfigured
this piece into Anemone, NM
by moving some of the arms such
that they form a vague resemblance to the New Mexico State Zia
symbol. I did this in order to enter
the City's annual "Poster Competition":
Common Ground: City of Santa Fe Art Exhibit & Prize
now "revamped" into
a "Notecard Competition" and opened to 3d work. The interesting
point is that they -- claim -- that all entries will be displayed
in the Community Gallery, with the only aesthetic requirement
being that it be a "inspired by Santa Fe". So taking a lead
from My Man Duchamp I went all Zia on it (not to be worrying,
it can be re-reconfigured at any time). Here's the new look:
2011 -- 15x15x6" -- wall hung
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