Johanna McAllister – Looking Outwards -10

Momentum is particularly relevant to this week’s theme, because the woman in question, Keri Elmsly, is the director of United Visual Artists, a collective that focuses on large-scale interactive installations. So all the amazing work produced by this group is under her power.

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The actual machines use two stepper motors that carry out the simple pendulum motions. Though the idea was simple, Keri Elmsly must have been a main driving force in order to produce the project with this final cinematic, immersive effect.

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What I like most about this piece is how the pendulums switch from swinging in a natural motion to swinging in a robotic one. Because of the creators’ control of code, Momentum controls physical objects in such a way that blurs the lines between organic and technological.