Grand Complications 

Gamle Rommen Skole
Aug. 25th 2018 - Aug. 25th 2019

Building cranes conducted by the movement of craneflies

The collaboration

I search for a wizard outside my field, with insects in the back of my mind. I have talked to a specialist in Crane Flies, who introduced me to the Insect Collection of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, section Entomology. I travelled to universities in the Netherlands to pick up old lab instruments, capable of measuring insect movements, and finally got in touch with a professor of Biology, specialising in the chemical communication of insects, who also had electronics and robotics as a great interest. We have started meeting regularly.

To begin with he was supposed to help me make Crane Flies conduct a Building Crane. After a lot of efforts from his side, and me realising my low interest in electronics, we have managed to create an installation where Giant Prickly Walking Sticks are moving kinetic sculptures. The sculptures are mainly constructed from electronic household equipment found on the streets; some with unknown functionality. Performing repeated fragments of movements, they can occasionally be associated with living organisms, some of them appear quite abstract, others are assembling animated everyday objects.

-- Text from Whitstanding the Shatter of Origins, Artist book, 2013


The year was 2008, when Bakketun invited Peter Rossingh to contribute in her BA-degree project, Comprehension based on walking sticks, umbrella sticks and disconnected emotions, showed at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Roessingh developed sensors, circuit boards and programs to translate the movement made by the insects Giant Prickly Walking Sticks into commands for rebuilt, electronic household equipment.

Peter Rossingh (b.1955, Ede/Wageningen, NL) is a professor in biology at the University of Amsterdam. His work investigates how (changes in) the incoming information in an organism, have consequences for the behavioural output, and ultimately on the evolution of new species with different behaviour. In addition he has had a lifelong interest in electronics, computers, robotics and artificial intelligence, and the possibilities to create life-like artificial organisms. 

Andrea Bakketun is an artist (b. 1983, Trondheim) living and working in Oslo. In her artistic practice, Bakketun engages in the physical changes and tension in our environment and link the phenomenons to the human psyche. By exploring the kinetic and metaphysical potential of an object, often refering to science, occultism and every day life, she creates new connections between different realities. Her practice involves installation, sculpture and video-based work.

The project puts emphasis on the importance of collaborations across different disciplines, and how that can enhance our understanding, within the collaboration and outside of it. Art can turn a terminology around, bring forth the potential of poetry and magic, and show that the discoveries of science concern us all. Art can also function as a portal to own reflections on what we are surrounded by. For Bakketun the dialogue between art, science, technology allows the work and working method to develop outside of the artist ego.



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Heisekraner dirigert av et stankelbens bevegelser

Samarbeidet

I search for a wizard outside my field, with insects in the back of my mind. I have talked to a specialist in Crane Flies, who showed me the insect collection of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, section Entomology. I travelled to universities in the Netherlands to pick up old lab instruments, capable of measuring insect movements, and finally got in touch with a professor in biology, specialising in moths, who had electronics and robotics as a hobby. We have started meeting regularly.

To begin with he was supposed to help me make crane flies move a building crane. After a lot of efforts from his side, and me realising my lacking interest in electronics, we have managed to create an installation where Giant Prickly Walking Sticks are moving kinetic sculptures. The sculptures are mainly constructed from electronic household equipment found on the streets; some with unknown functionality. With movement fragments that can be associated with living organisms, some of them appear quite abstract, others are assembling animated everyday objects.

-- Text from Whitstanding the Shatter of Origins, Artist book, 2013


Samarbeidet startet i 2008 da Bakketun inviterte Peter Roessingh til å bidra i sitt avgangsprosjekt Comprehension based on walking sticks, umbrella sticks and disconnected emotions på Gerrit Rietveld Academie i Amsterdam. Roessingh utarbeidet sensorer, kretskort og programmer for å oversette bevegelse hos insektet Vandrende blad til kommandoer for ulike ombygde husholdningsapparater.

Peter Roessingh (f. 1955, Ede/Wageningen, NL) er professor i biologi ved Universiteit van Amsterdam, og spesialiserer seg innenfor evolusjon av nye insektarter og da spesielt rollen luktesans og smakssans spiller. Arbeidet hans undersøker hvordan (forandringer i) den innkommende informasjon i en organisme har konsekvenser for adferdsmønster, og til sist evolusjonen av nye arter med ulik adferd. I tillegg har Roessingh en stor interesse for elektronikk, datamaskiner, robotikk og kunstig intelligens og muligheten for å skape liv-liknende organismer.

Andrea Bakketun er billedkunstner (f. 1983, Trondheim, bor og virker i Oslo. I Bakketuns kunstnerskap blir fysiske endringer og spenningsfelt i våre omgivelser koblet opp mot den menneskelige psyke. Ved å utforske objekters kinetiske og metafysiske potensial, ofte refererende til vitenskap, okkultisme og det hverdagslige, danner hun krysningspunkt og nye forbindelser mellom ulike virkeligheter. Hennes praksis involverer installasjoner, skulpturer og videobasert arbeid.

Prosjektet vektlegger viktigheten av samarbeid på tvers av fagfelt, og hvordan det kan utvide forståelse, i samarbeidet og utenfor. Kunsten kan gå inn i vitenskapen - snu en innarbeidet terminologi - underliggjøre, vise at vitenskapens oppdagelser angår oss alle og hente fram dens potensiale for poesi og magi. Kunsten kan også fungere som en portal inn til egne refleksjoner rundt det vi omgir oss med. For Bakketun representerer dialogen mellom kunstner, vitenskap, teknologi og natur også en innskrenkning av kunstner-jeget, og gjør at det ikke er kunstneren alene som former verket og arbeidsmetoden.


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Andrea Bakketun 2018