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Motive Colloquies: The promise of Touch 2011

An interactive installation and performance, developed through a collaboration between interaction designers, architects and performance artists. Its principal performer, a 3 metre high responsive robot, interacts with its audience’s gestures while it waits for the arrival of its human co-performers. The film shown here presents the first choreographed site specific work to come from this colloquy. Titled ‘The Promise of Touch’, it was presented at the Pompidou Centre in Paris in June 2011. responding to two works within the Gallery – Francis Bacon’s Triptych ‘Three Figures in a Room’ (1964) & Pablo Picasso’s ‘Femmes devant la mer’ (1956).

Motive Colloquies is both the work and the people who have formed it. Ciriaco Castro, Miriam Dall’Igna, Ruairi Glynn, Enrique Ramos, Sigridur Reynisdottir, Nicholas Waters, Jemima Yong

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The Promise of Touch @ Centre Pompidou, Paris

Enrique Ramos and Ciriaco Castro will present The Promise of Touch on Thursday 23rd June at Centre Pompidou in Paris.

It will be part of the Jeudis program, in collaboration with architects Miriam Dall’Igna, & Ruairi Glynn (MSc Adaptive Architecture & Computation at the Bartlett School of Architecture London), performers Jemima Yong and Sigridur Reynisdottir (Central School of Speech and Drama), movement director Nicholas Waters (CSSD) and curator Josef Kelly (Tate Liverpool).

The Promise of Touch  started as a project developed for the module “Digital Ecologies”, at the Bartlett’s AAC MSc.

The Promise of Touch

Centre Pompidou

Thursday 23rd June. From 7.30pm to 9pm

Kinect Controlled Delta-Robot (Work in Progress)

These are the first tests of  a project in development for the module “Digital Ecologies”, at the Bartlett’s AAC Msc.  Still work in progress and the final piece will be posted soon.


A Delta-Robot is controlled by a Kinect through Processing and Arduino. The movements of the performer control directly the position of the robot’s effector, and the rotation and opening of the gripper.  Once the platform is properly calibrated (still a little rough round the edges!), several autonomous behaviours will be implemented.

Manuel de Landa “Deleuze and the Use of the Genetic Algorithm in Architecture”

Manuel de Landa exposes his synthesis of  the new materialism of Gilles Deleuze and the Genetic Algorithm in the context of Architecture and Art. A very interesting talk given at Columbia University in 2004.

If you have an hour of your time, it’s well worth a viewing. If you’d rather read the text, you can find it here.

Interactive vs Reactive. A thought about systems


Reactive Particles

The word “interactive” is found everywhere these days. It may be worthconsidering what “interactive” means and whether things presented to us as”interactive” actually are so, before moving on to consider why we might want our designed objects and spaces to be “interactive”. Interaction concerns transactions of information between two systems (for example between two people, between two machines, or between a person and a machine). The key however is that these transactions should be in some sense circular otherwise it is merely “reaction”
Usman Haque 2006 http://www.haque.co.uk

The second particles  system reacts to the behaviour of the first one. Changing density and population. Producing a delayed coordination.

Next stop will be make the system interactive…Interaction and architecture.

Space Controller

This work was produced by Enrique Ramos for the module “Digital Studio” at the Bartlett’s Adaptive Architecture and Computation Msc.

An Android based phone sends OSC data to a Processing sketch, controlling a “manipulator” that interacts with a cloud of self-organising agents and modifies its configuration.

The resulting structure is the combination of the actions of the performer, and the internal rules driving the agents. The final geometry is only suggested, not completely defined, by the designer, who acts as an architect of the behaviour of the system.

ESC @ Research Images Exhibition, The Bartlett. UCL London

Enrique Ramos and Ciriaco Castro images  are now on display in the North Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street (main UCL building) until the  afternoon of Friday 14 January 2011.

Self-organising mesh by Enrique  Ramos:

“Implementation of a non-stable mesh relaxation algorithm. The nodes are repelled by other nodes standing closer than a minimum distance, generating a self-organising behaviour, with triangular and hexagonal shapes emerging out of the process”.
Nests by Ciriaco Castro:
“A thought about interconnectivity and reality. How world changes, evolves in a multi layered reality. Each nest it is defined for a point and a algorithm that defines it density, colour and distance with the predecessor”.

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