Creating robotica with soft materials inspired by nature. This project can be viewed in more depth on this special website.
In my research towards transformable matter I discovered the muscular and hydrostatic action of sea anemones. Inspired by the deformable abilities Shapeshifter has become a living sculpture that has the possibility to change its physical shape and live within its environment. The movement of the Sea anemones is a translated dimension for aesthetic development of kinetic motion.
Shapeshifter | transformable organism from montani on Vimeo.
A Video and more documentation will come soon!
The theme of the festival, “East meets West” and the location,Tokyo, challenged us to create an object that had to be custom for its place. This city, full of modern architecture and skyscrapers reminded us of crystals we had seen, which also has these very futuristic look with some kind of mystical chaos. During discussions we had around the festival theme, we came across the idea that the shortest way to Tokyo would be to go right through the earth instead of move around it like you would do with a plane. The beauty is that crystals outflow from magma, molten rocks that are located in the core of the earth. With the idea we were going to meet Tokyo it felt really logical and challenging to plant our own source, the city, and let it outflow from the core of a crystal.
In this project we needed to embrace traditional and new techniques because the object we wanted to create couldn’t be made without both of our specific skills. It was really important to come together, not to mix our specialty, but to find a place were we can meet and push each other further into a new direction. In research of this project we also explored our core of were we could meet in creating.
More pictures, documentation and 3d models will follow soon.
In collaboration with Barre Verkerke