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Jardinet mécanique I

The work Jardinet mécanique consists of porcelain flowers made initially from gear shapes. These flowers-like shapes are each mounted on a spring and assembled on a steel plate in a way that suggests that all flowers are interconnected as if they were part of a machine. Each steel plate is also spring- mounted and attached to a long steel structure. A motor with an off-centred shaft is attached under each plate, making the plates vibrate slightly when the motors are on. The motors are triggered at different intervals by a micro-controller. When a motor stops, the off-centred shaft produces a stronger vibration that sometimes causes the porcelain flowers to hit one another and produce a subtle sound.

Porcelain, glaze, steel structure, springs, motors, microcontroller, electronic circuit, 32 x 60 x 18 inches.

Photo credits : Frances Juriansz

Video produced for my nomination in the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award 2013 at the Gardiner Museum. In this video, I discuss the sculpture Jardinet mécanique as well as my process.

Video credits : Étienne Dionne et Pierre-Marc Laliberté

Video produced as part of a residency at Avatar – artist-run centre in audio and electronic art. The residency was from July 29 to August 5 2013. The making of Jardinet mécanique is described in this video.

Video credits : Avatar

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