Edinburgh, UK based artist collaboration Picaroon are up for your vote at the 3D Printshow London awards. Their artwork, Tangible Orchestra, is an interactive music and light installation which connects people and creates a beautiful, engaging novel musical experience. Picaroon’s Rebecca has taken some time out to chat with 3DPI.
3DPI: Congratulations on your nomination for the 3DPrintshow Shortlist! How did you hear about it?
“A few weeks ago, we got kindly invited to exhibit Tangible Orchestra at the 3D Printshow London at the beginning of September. And last week we were thrilled to find out to have been shortlisted for the Global Award “Artist of the Year”. The public voting for the finals is on just now – We hope that people are as excited about Tangible Orchestra as we are!”
3DPI: An exciting time for you all to be sure! How does the art installation work?
Rebecca: “A person within a certain distance triggers a cylinder, which then gets activated and starts to play the track of a musical instrument. The more people activating cylinders with their different instruments, the more exciting the musical experience gets.
Depending on the position and the number of people on the platform, the musical outcome is different every time. And since the sound of each instrument comes from the cylinder associated with it, people can walk through the installation like through an orchestra playing.”
3DPI: Why choose our subject tech, 3D printing, for your artwork?
Rebecca: “We were creating Tangible Orchestra over the last 8 months, and it’s a never ending journey. Since it is Interactive Art with human interaction as the core aspect, it will always be developed further and enhanced depending on the people’s reactions.That’s why 3D Printing is so very important to us: It’s the perfect technology to facilitate constant changes and improvements on a low quantity basis.”
3DPI: How was 3D printing used in Tangible Orchestra?
Rebecca: ”We used 3D Printing for the inner constructions of the cylinders as well as for some outer parts. And since we’re using 112 ultrasonic sensors and thousands of LED’s and other electronic bits, our installation would not have been possible without it.”
Thanks for your time Rebecca – and good luck to yourself, Picaroon, and all the inspiring nominations at this year’s 3DPrintshow Awards. You can vote for your favourites in the nomination catagories at this year’s 3DPrintShow global awards here.