By repurposing some of the mechanical components of a guitar, I am transforming a musical instrument into a kinetic sculpture. Zutorie houses an array of guitar strings, which motors tighten or loosen to the point of sometimes breaking them.
By deconstructing a guitar—an instrument with which I have expressed myself for years—and reorganizing its components into a visual device, I am pushing further my practice of post-rock—in which rock instruments are used to create non-rock music—to the point where instruments are used to create non-music, e.g. visual arts.
- Hardware: Wood, steel, velvet, lasercut wooden gears, electronics (Raspberry Pi, Arduino, stepper motors), guitar strings, guitar tuning keys
- Software: Arduino, Processing
- Photos: Marie-Hélène Brault, Anna Grigorian
I would like to thank the following people and organizations for their financial contribution:
- Mario Janson
- Concordia Fine Arts Student Alliance
Also, thanks to the many people who provided guidance and technical assistance during production:
- Amanda Dawn Christie
- Brian Cooper and André Lavoie @ Concordia Metal Shop
- Tom Simpkins, Bogdan Stoic, and James Walke @ Concordia Wood Shop
- Theo Chauvirey, Francis Goodship, Jules B.D., Richard Kennedy, and Breanna Shanahan @ Concordia DigiFab Lab
- Elio Bidinost @ Concordia Sensor Lab
- Naoto Hiéda, Thierry Dumont, Nima Navab, and Michael Montanaro @ Topological Media Lab
- Mathieu Laporte @ ÉchoFab
- Catherine Brodeur
The kinetic cabinet is in a crate in storage in Montréal, CA, and is ready to be shipped and showcased.