#proteusproject

interacting with the cloud

 

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“Proteus, thus large thy privilege was found,
Thou inmate of the seas, which Earth surround.
Sometimes a bloming youth you grac’d the shore;
Oft a fierce lion, or a furious boar:
With glist’ning spires now seem’d an hissing snake,
The bold would tremble in his hands to take:
With horns assum’d a bull; sometimes you prov’d
A tree by roots, a stone by weight unmov’d:
Sometimes two wav’ring contraries became,
Flow’d down in water, or aspir’d in flame.”
Metamorphoses, Ovid, Book the Eighth, The Changes of Proteus. Translated by Sir Samuel Garth, John Dryden, et al

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Proteus is an ongoing project carried out since 2018 by Maria Smigielska and Pierre Cutellic stemming from artistic research at the chair of CAAD, ETH Zürich and Creative Robotics UfG Linz. Additional support has come from Johannes Braumann, Robots in Architecture, KUKA Robotics, Ars Electronica SMC CEE, supermagnete (Proteus 1.0 and 2.0), Trondheim Electronic Arts Center TEKS and Daniel Nikles for fabrication development (Proteus 2.5).

proteus 1.0

Modulating Matter with Intuitive Interaction

 It is an experiment on the modulation of ferrofluid patterns controlled by magnetic field controlled by a robotic interface. It modulates the patterns according to the audience interaction based on realtime face tracking data. Similarly to digital displays it is based on grid, but the material ferropixel presents a much richer gradient of emerging patterns.

Exhibited at Ars Electronica Center during Creative Robotics exhibition (curation Johannes Braumann, Kristina Maurer) Linz, AT 05.2018- 07.2018

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Concept:
Maria Smigieska (CR UfG)
Pierre Cutellic (CAAD ITA ETHz )
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Development:
Maria Smigielska- design, fabrication, robotics
Pierre Cutellic- design, fabrication
Johannes Braumann – robotics
Barlomiej Doros – chemistry advisor
Wesley Lee- electronics advisor
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Project partners:
Creative Robotics UfG Linz, CAAD ETH Zurich
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Project sponsors:
KUKA Robotics, Robots in Architecture, Ars Electronica Center
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music: Jo Noon “October”
video: Johannes Braumann, Pierre Cutellic
video edit: Maria Smigielska

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proteus 2.0

,Modulating Matter with Mixed Intelligences

Proteus is an installation that modulates ferrofluid patterns, with both human and machine intelligences, in a closed loop. Through an individual and prolonged visual experience, it immerses the visitor in an implicit interaction with the material through a brain-computer interface. A pre-trained dedicated machine learning model is informed by real-time neural signals, produced by the visitor’s gaze while being exposed to the rapid serial change of patterns without any explicit instructions to follow. Over the time of the gaze experience, visitors may witness a certain stabilisation of their own modulated picture of the material. 
This model not only modulates the ferrofluid display over time but also slowly builds a digital motion picture of its behaviour. All the recorded sequences are then displayed separately to exhibit the variety of patterns collected throughout the period of the festival. The project infers on digitally encoded material properties with the use of a computational mixture of both human and machine vision models.

Proteus 2.0 @ Ars Electronica Festival “Error” 2018, Linz AT team:

Concept:
Maria Smigieska (CR UfG)
Pierre Cutellic (CAAD ITA ETHz )

Development:
Maria Smigielska- design, fabrication
Pierre Cutellic- design, fabrication
Johannes Braumann- fabrication support & advise
Wesley Lee- electronics advisor

Project partners:
Creative Robotics UfG Linz, CAAD ETH Zurich

Project sponsors:
SMC CEE
supermagnete

photo & video: Maria Smigielska
video edit: Maria Smigielska
music: deef – nostalgia of an ex-gangsta rapper

 Proteus 2.0 @ Lab30, New Media Art Festival, Augsburg DE, 2019:

Project based on the development of artistic research at Creative Robotics UfG Linz and CAAD ETH Zurich.

Concept:
Maria Smigieska , Pierre Cutellic

Development:
Maria Smigielska- fabrication
Daniel Nikles- fabrication support

photo & video: Maria Smigielska, Pierre Cutellic
video edit: Maria Smigielska
music: Niobe “Lalu Lalu”

 

 

Proteus 2.5 @ Meta.Morf X, 6th Trondheim Biennale for Arts and Technology, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, NO, 2020, curation: Espen Gangvik:

Concept:
Maria Smigieska , Pierre Cutellic

Development:
Daniel Nikles- electronics design and development, fabrication
Maria Smigielska- fabrication

Production support:
TEKS (Trondheim Electronic Arts Center)

 

proteus 3.0

Digitizing Matter with Mixed Intelligences

WIP