Possibly Colliding

Submitted by FELD

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Client

Location: London, United Kingdom

Completion date: 2016

Project Team

Client

Nils Frahm

Artist

Benjamin Maus

Artist

FELD | studio for digital crafts

Overview

“Possibly Colliding” is a representation of colliding objects in time and space. Originally showcased at The Barbican, London, and commissioned as an installation to celebrate the opening of a special musical festival curated by Nils Frahm.

Following the graphical approach of the festival, we developed the installation to relate to the theme but allow for a modular design that could also be reinvented.

The installation is mainly made from aluminum and powder coated steel, with LED lights and speakers attached to the end of the counter-rotating arms, standing at 7 meters high, 8 meters wide, with over 3 meters headroom.

Goals

With this showcase we aimed to create a dramatic entrance to the festival and to make a lasting and immersive installation once the festival had finished for a further 3 months afterwards. We also wanted to create a piece that could be reworked without having to let it be characterised solely by its original purpose.

With the ‘Possibly Colliding’ theme it was clear to us, with what we had worked on previously, that a large-scale kinetic installation would be a fitting piece for such an event and space. With the large counter-rotating arms we fit LED lights to each tip along with small speakers so that the choreography could be heightened with added audiovisual effects such as phase shifting and Doppler effects.

Even though the installation has a strong correlation to the theme of the festival it stands alone as a work, which can be retranslated, to another theme. This is due, in large part, to its ability to be limitlessly reprogrammed and choreographed via its built in radio signal system. The original choreography consisted of a 2 minute with a special sound design, made by renowned musician Ben Lukas Boysen, to accompany the different configurations.

Process

Having already had a close working relationship to Nils Frahm, with whom we have worked with on various projects including a unique, computer-controlled, pipe organ, we collaborated easily with Nils and the Barbican to make something we all wanted. Once we were given the theme, and shown the space, we had a clear idea of what we wanted to achieve. Upon agreeing on a direction we tested our idea until it came to fruition and coalesced with all parties to set the choreography. It's modular design allowed for an easy transport and installation once we had passed all the safety tests. For over 3 months the piece ran without a single hitch.