Emergence

Emergence, interaction, expression, affect, potential, tendencies, capacities. What is happening when a vibration motor is attached to a power source and forces the movement of another physical property (elastic band or metal wire)? The motor can turn an unbalanced mass at a variable speed when attached to power and control (potentiometer, Arduino). This turning motion has the capacity to send waves across fields of nearby objects – the turning motion itself is a tendency of the vibration motor. The tendency is emergent from the motor due to the interaction of the parts that produce it as well as the addition of voltage. Addition? Are ‘addition’ and ‘subtraction’ emergent properties? Spin the motor fast enough or place it in an environment of extreme high temperature and other tendencies will emerge, flowing as liquid metal from the motor. The motor only has the potential to vibrate objects if other objects susceptible to those forces actually exist. Interaction and maybe intra-action at play in the objects inner workings.

 

Materials / Objects

What materials / objects /things are in use in these workshops? How / why are they chosen to be included? The workshops extend beyond simple material studies at the point of feedback – how the object influences the decisions about how it could be used and the potential impact upon neighbouring objects. The materials are wood, metals, springs, rubber, LEDs, motors, vibration motors, cardboard, resistors, capacitors, transistors, glass, mirrors, arduino, computers, software, solder, hot glue, hammers, knives, paper clips – and on, and on… They assemble in messy, noisy groups influenced by artists like Martin Howse, Ryan Jordan, Jonathan Kemp. Martin’s recent explorations into Earth evolve in a complex system where computer or electronics device meet with the originator of that mined material – ‘A Geology of Media’ Jussi Parikka. Similar explorations of object surface, weak transmission (mini FM) and combinations of light signal and sound that move far far away from standard ‘A/V’ performance or installation – this is not a screensaver! Watching Martin perform EARTH CODE develops areas of ‘the fold’ – must read Deleuze and Leibniz! – where spaces of interaction are increased or reduced with each movement of material. Interesting chapter by Diane Coole in ‘New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency and Politics’ – the fold, Umwelt (Uexküll), matter, matter, matter, flesh. Also – Karen Barad’s ‘intra-action’.

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