You Move Me (an interface for human/machine collaboration)Lara Greene
Steel, Wood, Fabric, Steel Cables.
The piece is a life-size mechanical she-humanoid. Steel cables extend from within the body to multi-functioning levers that can be pushed, pulled and twisted to create various movements and affect her position in space. Complete body articulation is possible, however for this a group of up to eight operators is necessary, these being any visitors who wish to take part. A space in front of the figure invites passers by to approach and engage in physical or verbal communication.
This is a physically immediate, tactile and engaging experience. The work experimentally hands over control to visitors but a shared portion of it only. The figure has the capacity for elegance or awkwardness dependent upon people's ability to control and desire to co-operate with each other. In a society so focussed on individuality this piece highlights group dynamics and uses it to fuel the outcome. Participants become performers or collaborators creating a web of interplay which is as much part of the piece as the sculpture.
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