2003 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
Non-Stop is an interactive kinetic sculpture composed of two flat metal structures on wheels. Both elements are elevated from the floor by approximately 3 inches. The larger part is squared, more stable. The smaller one is more open and appears to be less stable. Each part has a different contour and each shape interacts with the other. The entire piece starts and ends its dance within a 45 square foot area. Throughout its sequence it expands to engage a 90 square foot area. The movements of Non-Stop are preprogrammed by the author and are altered by the participants. If the participant stops moving so does the sculpture. The work can assume various rhythms and forms. This pace can be modified through the participants' movements. Non-Stop follows a cause and effect as well as a random pattern. After many sequences the participants may come to understand which movements are part of the preprogrammed sequence and which are random ones. As the viewers approach and walk around the sculpture they trigger sensors - connected to electronic circuits, microprocessors, motors , and special mechanisms for the wheels - powered by Photo Voltaic Cells. All these components are hidden in the bottom of the sculpture, (see Draft of the mechanics). Non-Stop is a large-scale participatory work of art. It attempts to create an antienvironment and through its instability helps the participant to confront conventional assumptions about space and social organization.