Ralf Baecker – The Conversation
The Conversation is an autonomous apparatus that consists of 99 solenoids mounted in a circle. Together, they carry three rubber bands in their centre. Each magnet acts autonomously and aims to adapt to the forces in the network. Depending on the tension, measured by analyzing the changes of the electromagnetic induction in the electromagnets, the solenoids adjust their pulling intensity/force in order to conserve its position.
Similar to a homeostat, the machine tries to establish a hyper stable equilibrium. The rubber band acts as a mediator between the single autonomous entities. Environmental noise and friction picked up by electronic and mechanical elements prevent the machine from achieving its task. Constellations appear and stay until disturbances make them decay. The whole installation is immersed in a polyphonic buzz, generated by the constant shifting forces of the solenoid array.
Ralf Baecker is a German artist working at the interface of art, science and technology using installations and machines. In his representations and specializations of digital and technological processes, Baecker offers a poetic sight behind the surfaces of contemporary image making. At TodaysArt 2019, he will be present with three of his works, centred around the entanglement of the virtual with the real.