dimensions sculptures: approx. W.35 x D.25 x H.15 cm.
materials: tripod, pan-tilt machine with laser-sensor and camera, flight case with screen and electronics, 3D prints in gray acrylic
Solid Spaces is an investigation into the machinic viewing process, combined with our desire for a fully automatic production method for site-specific
artworks. The result is an artificial visitor, viewing the exhibition space from within. The artificial viewer is able to create a
sculptural rendering of the space, based on its observations. After a while this will give rise to a collection of
sculptures of various typologies of exhibition spaces.
The artificial viewer scans the space from one single standpoint and measures it. It is fitted with a laser-sensor for this purpose, able to gaze in
all directions. The sensor cannot look through material. The human eye cannot do that either, but our brains interpret what we see and complete
what we do not see. We understand the structure of an interior even if we cannot observe this in its entirety. How does the space look if we do
not interpret, do not complete what we cannot see? To demonstrate this, the space is
measured point by point by the mechanical
eye and translated into a spacial model. This model is subsequently materialized through a 3D printer.
In the following phase of this project, Driessens & Verstappen wish to further expand the viewing behavior of the artificial visitor. They have
in mind a self-learning organism in which observation, memory and interpretation form a continual feedback system.