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occupier_castle 2017

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Site-specific multi-channel audio installation at Newtown Castle, Burren College of Art, Co. Clare, Ireland
Amplifiers, transducers, sensors, WAV triggers, Arduino microcontrollers, hardware
2017

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occupier_castle is a sound art installation at Newtown Castle, a 16th-century tower on the campus of the Burren College of Art, County Clare, Ireland.

The installation consisted of two main elements. For the first, the restored conical wooden roof, made of 7 tons of Irish oak, was transformed into a loudspeaker by attaching audio transducers directly to the wooden beams. Recordings of a harpist playing scales were remixed to create a Shepard Scale – an audio illusion of perpetually ascending (or descending) tones without beginning or end. This prerecorded looping track was then amplified and played through the roof itself and was audible to visitors as the climbed the spiral staircase of the tower.

For the second element, transducers were affixed to each of the heavy wooden doors on each floor of the castle so they would function as loudspeakers. Programmable microcontrollers stored and played back dozens of short sounds edited from recordings of street protests from around the world. These sounds included whistles, chants, shouts, sirens, and drums, and were selected to refer to the history of the Newtown Castle as a defensive tower. Each door was connected to a small wind sensor located at each of the tower’s slit windows. When the sensor detected wind, it triggered a random sound clip to be played through the corresponding door.

FAKTURA: B

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Modified IKEA products (steel, galvanized steel, laminated MDF, wood, LEDs, electronics, hardware), programmed microcontroller.
52” H x 54” W x 30” D
2015

Vladimir Tatlin, Counter-Courner Relief 1915 Aluminum, tin, wood, oil paint, wire Dimensions unknown, no longer extant

Construction A

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Modified IKEA products (wood, steel, hardware, light bulb, electric cord), live plant.
75” H x 62” W x 15” D
2012

Third Exhibition of OBMOKhU(Society of Young Artists), Moscow, 1921

Construction B

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Modified IKEA products (aluminum, steel, MDF, wood, hardware, tape measure, string), electric motor, programmed Arduino micro-controller, electronics
79" x 18" x 40"
2012

Third Exhibition of OBMOKhU (Society of Young Artists), Moscow, 1921

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Construction C

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Modified IKEA products (steel, MDF, cable, hardware, string), dichroic glass.
68" H x 18" W x 40" D
2012

Third Exhibition of OBMOKhU(Society of Young Artists), Moscow, 1921

Construction D

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Modified IKEA products (laminated MDF, aluminum, nylon rope, fabric, hardware), steel, acrylic plastic.
78” H x 18” W x 36” D
2012

Third Exhibition of OBMOKhU(Society of Young Artists), Moscow, 1921

The Common Citizenship of Forms

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Project Overview

Installation at S.R. Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago IL
June 2 - July 31 2011

Seven large-scale architectural models built with altered IKEA products. The models and their arrangement are based on seven buildings at the Michael Reese Hospital campus designed between 1945 - 1958 by Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus. Beginning in 2009, the City of Chicago has demolished each building represented in this project.

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Michael Reese Hospital Campus, Chicago (Demolished 2010)
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