Using elements of kinetics and robotics, Liebl and Schmid-Pfähler create sculptures and installations that explore the effects of technical developments on aesthetic and social aspects of life. In their works, material qualities of a visual and haptic nature are just as important as programmed processes, algorithms and physical laws.

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RE:PLACES

Performing process-based robot Installation

at Werkleitz Festival 2021, Halle

  • Robotic installation RE:PLACES 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
  • Robotic installation RE:PLACES 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler

RE:PLACES

Performing process-based robot Installation

at Werkleitz Festival 2021, Halle

RE:PLACES

Performing process-based robot Installation

at Werkleitz Festival 2021, Halle

  • RE:PLACES - a plastic extrusion robot
  • RE:PLACES - a plastic extrusion robot
  • RE:PLACES - a plastic extrusion robot
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    At the beginning of the performative installation RE:PLACES, the space is already characterised by sculptures with expressive shapes and colours. On closer inspection, the objects show properties that seem untypical of their materiality - massive plastic that forms multicoloured, abstract structures and sometimes throws bubbles at the surface. The chunks, which consist of different types of plastic, originate from industrial production, where they arise as waste products from the cleaning of machines.

    Moving through this scenery is a complex construction reminiscent of a planetary lander on three legs. In a branched funnel system, it transports different coloured granules made from plastic waste. The plastic material is heated and compressed in a cylindrical extruder in the centre of the robot and swells out as a colourful mass. The hot material curves and twists until it cools and solidifies into its final form. In creative processes lasting several minutes, the 1.70m high robot sheds the plastic objects and spreads them around the exhibition space like three-dimensional brush strokes.

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    The result is a variety of intertwined forms with glass-like surfaces and fascinating colour transitions - material properties that are not usually associated with plastic. The visual and haptic experiences enable an intuitive and aesthetic approach to the thematic complex around plastic and its problematic use. A new perspective on the materiality is stimulated to promote public discourse on plastics.

    The title of the installation RE:PLACES is short for ‘Recycling PLA Closed-Circuit Extrusion Shaper’. The objects created during an exhibition can serve as raw material again and thus close the cycle.

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    The work was realised within the framework of the EMARE programme of the "European Media Art Platform" at FACT with the support of the "Creative Europe Culture Programme" of the European Union.

    The research was supported within the framework of the duo’s EASTN-DC Residency at Cardiff Metropolitan University with support by the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.

RE:PLACES

Performing process-based robot Installation

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