Cause and Effect
In this assignment you will create a sculpture that has:
-at least one moving part
-functions as a means to an end
-can be activated by the viewer
This work will be an interactive experience that allows the user to affect some change in the object/environment.
This sculpture may be activated by wind, gravity, pendulum, grasping, sitting, squeezing,, etc. The end result should be…….. something. It can be frivolous, silly, dark, subtle, loud or, emotive. It can draw a picture, ring a bell, chip away at something, really anything you can think of. You should construct your sculpture using simple construction techniques and materials like wood and steel, along with found objects.
A good way to start this piece is to find one found thing and build off of that. For example, start with a point of interaction, like a bellows or a chair. What happens when you position these things in an interesting way that allows them to move and activate something else? Alternatively, you can start with the endpoint and work your way backwards. If you want to ring a bell, what is something unexpected you can ring it with? What is that piece connected to? and what it THAT piece connected to? This is an experimental and intuitive process, but the one thing it absolutly requires is stuff! You need to find a pile of things to work with, we will brainstorm on this in class.
Artists to look at:
fischel and weiss