Process-based Sculpture.

A world with a fluid atmosphere in a glass tank. Dark crystals grow trying to make connections. Constellations develop. They generate sound. And after some time they dissolve into clouds…

Roots is a dreamlike screen that is based on an old persian myth of a bush that sprouts heads. – In a green and brownish fluid iron crystals grow steadily…Bubbles ascend like jellyfish. Branches break off and sink to the dark ground. They start to dissolve and become thick clouds hovering over the scene.

The sculpture works in a cyclic way. Two thirds of the cycle it is active: a cystal object is growing and strechting in space which creates a more and more tense sound. The sculpture composes itself. The following passive dreamphase makes up one third of the cycle. The object dissolves and falls apart while the tension slowly fades. The cycle of growth and decay restarts on the ruins of the decomposition. One cycle lasts around 3 hours.

Electricity is pulsed through the whole Sculpture. It is the key to the constant transformation. Growth changes the flow of the current. The modified flow changes the growth. Software and Hardware leave the next step to the material. The voltages at each wire are put through a resonance filter and thus transformed into sound. The 4/4 pulse results in a sublime rhythm.

Utopian Screen
The installation is based on the model of a chemical computer by Gordon Pask in the early 1950s.
It was open to the environment and it managed to grow to a configuration which was able to distinguish between different frequencies.
Roots refers to a time when the big synthesis and simulation of image, sound, thinking and memory was soon to be started.



Credits – people who made Roots possible

Kerstin Ergenzinger, Urs Fries, Yunchul Kim
Thom Laepple, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Pablo Miranda Carranza, Martin Nawrath, Heinz Nink, Juan Orozco, Peter Schuster, Micha Thies, Georg Trogemann, Bernd Voss