27MHz: Common Ground
Following a 3 month workshop on Physical Computing, given by Dipl. Ing. Jan Sieber, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany, the two visiting students Daniel Wessolek and Jonas Halfmeyer, in consultation with Prof. Lothar Spree, guided the postgraduate class of 2006 from the College of Arts and Communication, Tongji University Shanghai, P.R. China, to 27MHz: Common Ground, hosted by the Xiao Hui Wang Art Workshop in June 2007.
Electronic Zoo (January 2005 at the Shanghai BizArt Center, inaugurated by Prof. Lothar Spree and Dirk Schulz), is the Colleges first exhibition exploring the field of Media Art, it proved to be a great success in promoting the idea of broadening the media's potential, its understanding and evolving an awareness of its ubiquity.
An intense period looking at contemporary art, presentations, discussions, exercises and the field of electronics within Media Art, 27MHz: Common Ground developed intuitively as a group work over this period.
At the centre of this work is receiving as well as sending out information to the surrounding environment. Interpretation and the individual characteristics of each single work, alters the original message and passes it on, modified by a matter of unpredictable circumstances. At first sight the user controls the installation by deciding active and inactive elements. Active elements send out their dedicated signal and reach surrounding elements. How clear the signal arrives, how far it goes and how neighbouring installations react, depends on a number of, for the visitor, unpredictable factors. The visitor controls the spotlights above the 9 elements, triggering the radio signal, which finally activates the immediate element.
The installation is receptive, ready to be directed by visitors, it asks them to take part in the creation of a moment through the direct control (of spotlights) and the indirect influence onto the peripheral installations, through passed on, diffused interpretations of the original triggered message.
- Production and curation:
- 9 elements/installations by: