Cardinal Directions

Subsculpture 11

Cardinal Directions, is a kinetic sculpture which consists of a surveillance monitor that displays an extract of Vicente Huidobro´s poem "Altazor" (1919-1931). Refering to the geography of his native Chile, Huidobro wrote "The four cardinal directions are three: North and South". When a presence is detected by infrared sensors, the monitor starts to rotate. As the poem is "geolocated" it always aligns itself to the cardinal points, and the public must walk around the piece in order to read it, like a kind of periscope.

General info

Spanish name:
Puntos Cardinales
Year of creation:
2010
Technique:
monitor, stepper motor, iPod touch, motion sensors, custom electronics, stainless steel stand
Power:
100W peak consumption, 20W average, on 110-240V (manual switching !)
Dimensions:
footprint of 31cm by 31cm and height is 115cm high
Edition:
12 copies + 1 AP copy

Exhibitions


Credits

  • Stephan Schulz - programming and hardware
  • Pierre Fournier, Conroy Badger, David Lemieux, Guillaume Tremblay and Karine Charbonneau - production support

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