Monday, October 30, 2017

Vicarious Movement

Rochelle Haley, an artist and researcher specializing in experimental drawing, contacted us to ask if she could use A Flying Pantograph system as part of a painting experiment. Her usual work transposes dance onto canvas; she explained that the inherent movement of our system creates a pattern that she observes in natural movements such as those of dancers or animals.

After months of planning, we did a five-day experiment with a newly developed version of the system. This version had a spray paint extruder controlled over RF communication, allowing the artist to control the nozzle with pen-drawing gestures. We had suspended fabric sheets for canvas, and used three-ounce spray paint cans to reduce the payload. After several iterations, we created two paintings, Blue-Red and Green-Red. The paintings were exhibited at the Black Box Theatre at the University of New South Wales and presented to an audience. After the exhibition, Haley said: “I felt really pleasantly surprised by people, when looking at the paintings when we had that exhibition last year, they used a lot of adjectives to describe the work as erratic, quite energetic or frenetic, or kind of the words that might also be used to describe the movement of the drone itself.”

Re/pair Exhibition | The Black Box Theatre | UNSW Art & Design | 6-10 November 2017

Opening Remarks by Ross Harley, Dean of UNSW Art & Design & Matthew Connell, Principal Curator, MAAS Museum (Powerhouse).