DAVID FRIED

Self Organizing Still Life

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Self Organizing Still-Life (SOS) – Deutsch

Akustisch stimulierte, interaktive Skulpturen

Den SOS-Skulpturen, bei allen Unterschieden in Größe und Material, sind Kugeln gemeinsam, die auf der ebenen Fläche eines Steinobjekts durch Geräusche aus der Umgebung in Bewegung gesetzt werden. Töne werden ohne Verzögerung in Wellen umgewandelt, die lautlos jede einzelne Kugel zur Bewegung anregen. Die resultierenden Aktionen der einzelnen Kugeln und die Interaktionen untereinander sind nicht prädeterminiert. Sie ordnen sich in fortwährend neuen Mustern einer eleganten, flüssigen Choreographie neu. Einige berühren sich zart, andere drehen sich weg, während wieder andere frontal aufeinander zurasen, um dann sanft umeinander zu kreiseln oder sich doch auszuweichen. Oft verändern sie, ohne physisch Kontakt zu haben, gegenseitig den Weg und damit das weitere Schicksal. Jede Kugel ist fähig, die andere zu spüren.

Fried ist in der Lage, jeder einzelnen der handgefertigten Kugeln individuelle Eigenschaften zu verleihen, ihnen damit die Möglichkeit zu geben, anders auf aktuelle Geräusche zu reagieren und sich unterschiedlich zu verhalten; dabei kann der Künstler durchaus jedem SOS eine bestimmte Tendenz choreographischen Verhaltens mitgeben. Als würden zwei Personen unterschiedlich zur selben Musik tanzen, interagieren die Kugeln einzigartig und lebendig, beeinflusst von ihrer Umgebung. Wenn die akustischen Signale ausbleiben, kommen die Kugeln in immer neuen Konstellationen zum Stillstand: Stillleben entstehen.

Während wir mit Geräuschen die Bewegungen der Kugeln beeinflussen und zugleich nachvollziehen, wird unsere Aufmerksamkeit zunehmend auf die nicht-linearen dynamischen Beziehungen gelenkt, die sich zwischen ihnen ausbilden. Der Fokus verschiebt sich damit vom Blick auf die Einzelobjekte hin zu einer deutlich subjektiven Sicht eines höheren Gesamtgefüges.

Eine vielschichtige, lebendige Erfahrung schaffend, bestechen Frieds interaktive Skulpturen durch ihre symbolisch provozierende Einfachheit. Der Betrachter wird angeregt, eine neue Sicht auf Beziehungen, auf das Leben und das Universum der Gedanken zu gewinnen.
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source: davidfried

Self Organizing Still-Life (SOS)

Acoustically stimulated Interactive Sculptures

David Fried’s “Self Organizing Still-Life” (SOS) is a series of interactive, sound-stimulated kinetic sculptures, which reveal his exploration into the inherent qualities of networked and emergent systems operating far-from-equilibrium intrinsic to nature, individual psyche, communication and social relationships.

Whatever the scale or materials used for the SOS, they all consist of solid hand-made spheres, which are stirred into motion by ambient sound on a predetermined level object. Audible sound is transformed live into waves that silently stimulate each of the spheres into motion. The resulting action of the individual spheres and their interactions with one another are undetermined. They rearrange themselves in continually new patterns of elegantly fluid choreography. Some kiss, some spin off alone, while others race head-on only to meet with a soft embrace, or swerve around one another, often changing the path and destiny of each other without physical contact, as each sphere is able to sense one another.

No two spheres are alike — each is composed of either solid stone, or synthetic polymers layered with organic materials such as marble dust and rare earth, with no moving parts. The artist infuses them with unique bipolar qualities, and an ability to interact with each other in inimitable and unexpected ways on an elemental level, rather than a mechanical one. Fried is therefore able to give each sphere an individual personality, allowing them to respond and behave differently to sound, and with each new artwork, create an entirely unique interdependent family of individuals that we can influence, but not control.

Like two people would dance differently to the same music, the individual spheres interact in a unique and live choreography directly initiated by its environment.

As we simultaneously influence and trace the movements of the spheres, our attention becomes increasingly focused on the non-linear dynamic relationships that unfold between them, effectively shifting the emphasis away from the individual objects themselves towards a highly subjective glimpse of a more complex individual picture.

Creating a complex live visual experience, Fried‘s interactive sculptures are compelling by their symbolically provocative simplicity, as the viewer is moved to forge perspectives on relationships, life and the universe of thought.
The SOS premiered at Art Forum Berlin in 1998. Since then, his sculptures have been in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions in Europe and the USA.
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Artist / Interactive objects, sculptures, photography, painting:
My exploration into the inherent qualities and flexible characteristics of interdependent non-linear systems operating far-from-equilibrium found in nature and social endeavor are essential to my art and my life. I employ symbolic motifs that are universally recognizable as organic or pertaining to natural phenomena, yet are laced with subtle hints of human influence and our intrinsic urge to control, manipulate and predict outcomes.
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source: vimeo

Artist David Fried’s “Self Organizing Still-Life” (SOS) is a series of interactive, sound-stimulated kinetic sculptures, which reveal his exploration into the inherent qualities of networked and emergent systems operating far-from-equilibrium intrinsic to nature, individual psyche, communication and social relationships.
Whatever the scale or materials used for the SOS, they all consist of solid hand-made spheres, which are stirred into motion by ambient sound on a predetermined level object. Audible sound is transformed live into waves that silently stimulate each of the spheres into motion. The resulting action of the individual spheres and their interactions with one another are undetermined. They rearrange themselves in continually new patterns of elegantly fluid motion. Some kiss, some spin off alone, while others race head-on only to meet with a soft embrace, or swerve around one another, often changing the path and destiny of each other without physical contact, as each sphere is able to sense one another.
No two spheres are alike — each is composed of either solid stone, or synthetic polymers layered with organic materials such as marble dust and rare earth, with no moving parts. The artist infuses them with unique bipolar qualities, and an ability to interact with each other in inimitable and unexpected ways on an elemental level, rather than a mechanical one. Fried is therefore able to give each sphere an individual personality, allowing them to respond and behave differently to sound, and with each new artwork, create an entirely unique interdependent family of individuals that we can influence, but not control.

Like two people would dance differently to the same music, the individual spheres interact in a unique, non-repeatable choreography directly initiated by its environment.
As we simultaneously influence and trace the chaos of the spheres, our attention becomes increasingly focused on the non-linear dynamic relationships that unfold between them, effectively shifting the emphasis away from the individual objects themselves towards a highly subjective glimpse of a more complex individual picture.

Sculptures/Installations/Film: David Fried
Music: Isotope “utonian automatic”, John Lurie “the long walk”, The Lounge Lizards “john zorn’s s&m circus”, DMST “besides”, 100 Records “kiss”.