Der Lauf der Dinge

automated motion / 2010

Three-day workshop about the poetry of motion and its mechanics at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach.


Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach


together with

Prof. Ulrike Gabriel

Stephan Blanché

Michael Brühl


Based on a previously built human-sized puppet the aim of the workshop was to find new possibilites and solutions to control up to 20 ropes attached to the puppet by using simple mechanics. As a result modules were developed, which consist of an Arduino board, a DC gear motor and a wooden wheel attached to the rope. These modules can be controlled individually via a serial connection from a custom software (based on Processing) running on a computer. This way different motion patterns can be designed and saved as presets in the software.


Beside that first experiments were done to track the motion of a human body in a simple and very analog way. In a next step the tracking data can be used to control the puppet again – it becomes an avatar of the tracked person.

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