Intro

@><#!!! is a surface of an arbitrary machine communicating on an emotional level with the humans. It tries to make internal processes visible by an alteration of its surface structure and to react on interaction. The result is a playful handling, starting with a cautious approach, smooth movements, checking out the possibilities. When the interaction gets more intense, the machine will get overtaxed and show stronger reactions. In the end: total refusal, plays dead, it needs a break; until the next user will interact with it.

Aim

To work and handle with machines we need an interface as a tool to communicate. We need it to say what the machine has to do and the machine need it to express the internal state. Our plan was to create a machine with emotional expression of its internal process or condition. We wanted to make it visible by an alteration of its shape and structure, to make an emotional communication between human and machine possible and that the machine is able to express: "Hey, I’m overtaxed. Please come down, give me a break."

Idea

This machine and its alteration of shape and structure to react on interaction has to be as simple and abstract as possible. So we decided to use just a metaphor of a machine, its surface, a two dimensional object. We use a metal coated foil, which crinkle strongly and results abstract, interesting and inorganic random structures. Simple motion patterns emphasize the abstraction. The golden color of the foil gains extra attention. The final result simulates a living object with feelings, action and reaction. The users treat it in many different ways and we could observe a broad spectrum of their reactions: cute thing, different kinds of an animal, ugly, frightened, strange, confusing, has to take care of it and sometimes the question: what does the reaction of the foil say about me, about my interaction with it, about my character and condition?

Technic

The heart of this object is an arduino board, which works with the data of a capacitive sensor and controls four servos. The capacitive sensor is a small piece of alu foil placed under the top plate of the white stele and is connected through some capacitors and resistors to the arduino. The four servos move four wheels to pull and push invisible threads, which are connected to the golden foil on the top. The result is an inverted parallel movement of two opposite points of the foil, eight points in total. The stele is 55 cm x 55 cm x 100 cm and needs just one energy plug. A light spot will complete the setting.

Thanks to

Professor Andreas Muxel, Köln International School of Design
Vera Hausmann

Impressions

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References

Upcoming Exhibitions

07.11. – 09.11.2013
KIKK Festival 2013
Namur, Belgium
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09.11.2013
Lange Nacht der Museen
Köln International School of Design
Cologne, Germany
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16.11.2013
CIAM-Soirée (private event)
Kölnischer Kunstverein
Cologne, Germany
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03.01. - 05.01.2014
Techfest 2013-14
Mumbai, India
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Exhibitions

30.09. – 03.10.2013
Urban Media Festival Cologne 2013
Cologne, Germany
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19. – 22.08.2013
Platine Festival Köln
Cologne, Germany
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14.06.2013
Lange Nacht der Technik
Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Cologne, Germany
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Press

Weave Number 24 (04.13 August/September; Page 17)
Designboom
Creative Applications Network
core77
Amusement
adafruit
Design made in Germany (german only)

About the artists

Vitus Schuhwerk

Cologne, Germany

since September/2010
Tutor - Blended Studies - Information Architecture, Web Development
Köln International School of Design
Cologne University of Applied Sciences

since August/2010
Student - BA Integrated Design
Köln International School of Design
Cologne University of Applied Sciences

March/2010 to July/2010
Employee - Graphic Design
Rückenwind Group

July/2008 to August/2009
Civil Service in Bolivia
Sariry Deutschland e.V.
Bolivia

July/2008
Abitur
Türkheim

December/1988
Birth

Till Maria Jürgens

Cologne, Germany

since August/2013
Research Fellow – Blended Studies – Project Management, Information Architecture
Köln International School of Design
Cologne University of Applied Sciences

Ocotober/2011 to March/2012
Semester abroad, Industrial Design
Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

August/2010 to February/2013
Tutor - Blended Studies - Information Architecture, Design
Köln International School of Design
Cologne University of Applied Sciences

since October/2008
Freelancer
Till Jürgens – Design

September/2008 to August/2013
Bachelor of Arts, Integrated Design
Köln International School of Design
Cologne University of Applied Sciences

February/2008 to August/2008
Employee – Interface Design
Pixelpark AG Cologne

September/2005 to January/2008
vocational training - digital media designer
Pixelpark AG Cologne

October/2004 to August/2005
Student - Japanese studies, History of Art, Philosophy
University of Cologne

July/2004
Abitur
Cologne

December/1984
Birth

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Contact

Vitus Schuhwerk

vitus@kisd.de

Reitweg 1
50679 Köln
Germany

Till Maria Jürgens

mail@tilljuergens.de

Bismarckstraße 33
50672 Köln
Germany