Created by “fishing for compliments“, “Nemore” is a garden, consiting of 36 bendable graphite poles. “Nemore” senses the visitor. Each pole has a behavior and reacts to it’s neighbours and to the visitor, the “alien neighbour”.
Does a system arise from the poles behaviour, that we (the observers and the visitor) perceive as angst, curiosity, nervousness, etc.? Each pole has a distinct sound, that builds up a chord, fluctuating in resonance with the movement of the poles. “fishing for compliments”
Max Kickinger describes the setup: The poles are driven by two servo motors – one rotates the pole, the other one pulls up a coil with a fishing line attached, bending the pole. The garden is controlled by six arduino mega, a computer runs vvvv for the server application and pd for the sound. Sound works as simple additive synthesis made out of 36 sine oscillators. No sound is played, when the garden is in the “center-position” – only the irritation of the poles generates a modulation of pitch and amplitude: the wider the bending of the pole – the louder the according oscillator will sound. Pitch works in either ways – up and down.
“fishing for compliments” are Jan Bernstein, Max Kickinger, Woeishi Lean, Sebastian Neitsch; working in the fields of: kinetics, interactive design, media design, product design, sound design and music.
More images of the installation are available here.