Sunroom Project Space | September 8–October 14, 2007
ForestBot, a kinetic, acoustic installation by Jeff Feddersen features a group five robotic sculptures made of wood, metal, fiberglass, rattles, motors and custom electronics. Tall, gently swaying stalks support small rattles at their tips and counter-weighted mechanisms near the ground. Algorithmic movements in the mechanisms cause the rattles to sound. Small variations in the speed, weight, and placement of the mechanisms, and the length of the stalks, impart subtle variations to the overall sound texture created. At the same time, powerful motors in the articulated bases of the sculptures can tilt the stalks, causing them to move almost imperceptibly, as if following the sun. The slowly changing sound environment is unpredictable yet peaceful. The first version of ForestBot was developed for LEMUR, a collective of musical robots. The piece was exhibited at MixedMedia, a digital art show in Milan, in 2006. It has been reconfigured for the sun porch, a setting where the sounds of ForestBot can be heard in relation to the surrounding garden, and seen against the backdrop of Wave Hill’s woodlands.
ForestBot, installation view, 2007, fiberglass, aluminum, wood, plastic, electronics 5 units, 13 x 2 x 2 feet each. Courtesy of the artist.
ForestBot, detail view, 2007, fiberglass, aluminum, wood, plastic, electronics 5 units, 13 x 2 x 2 feet each. Courtesy of the artist.
The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.