Video Documentation, 2009

The Conversation - Kasseler Kunstverein, 2016
The Conversation - Detail, 2009
The Conversation - Detail, 2009
The Conversation - Electronics, 2009
The Conversation - Detail, 2009
The Conversation Installation view (2009-2016)

Time Lapse, 2010

The Conversation


“Break the pattern which connects the items of learning and you necessarily destroy all quality” — Mind and Nature, Gregory Bateson

The Conversation is an autonomous apparatus that consists of 99 solenoids mounted in a circle. Together they carry three rubber bands (attractors) in their center. Each magnet works autonomously and tries to adapt to the forces in the network. Depending on the tension, measured by analyzing the changes of the electromagnetic induction in the electromagnets, they adjust their pulling force in order to conserve its position.

Similar to a homeostat it tries to establish a hyper stable equilibrium. The rubber band acts as mediator between the single autonomous entities. Environmental noise and friction picked up by electronic and mechanical elements prevents the machine from achieving its task. Constellations appear and stay until disturbances make them decay. The whole installation is immersed in a polyphonic buzz generated by the constant shifting forces of the solenoid array.

Materials: Solonoids, strings, elastic bands, MDF-plate, custom electronics
Produced with support of Laboral Gijón
Solonoids by Tremba GmbH