Kubic's Cube (2005)
Kubic is a two and a half meter long aluminium robot that hangs from a ceiling, and moves according to the construction of its limbs as it performs to the music and sounds of Francisco López.
Kubic’s Cube is a performative Installation with Kubic acting as a dance-machine, a cubist kinetic sculpture and an instrument of rhythmic movement.
The Installation (3 hours)
Kubic hangs in a dark space surrounded by sounds of a jungle, and illuminated by a video projector. The public moves freely in space and regards the robot from different perspectives. Pablo Ventura has programmed a choreography in which static positions and coincidental movement patterns produce the illusion that the robot is alive.
By means of a motion tracking software, a beam of light is projected unto the robot’s articulations varying in intensity as it moves according to programmed random positions of Kubic. An ambivalence takes place between the sounds of organic life in a jungle and a machine, and the public’s perception of Kubic fluctuates between a Kinetic sculpture and a living organism.
Installation and choreography: Pablo Ventura
Robot: Louis-Philippe Demers
Music composition and Audio: Francisco López
Motion Tracking Software: Kalypso by Frieder Weiss
Robot Programming: Armin Purkrabek
Pablo Ventura (E), founder of the Ventura Dance Company (1986-2006) in London, Madrid and Zurich with which he will create numerous dance works.
Since 1996 Pablo Ventura has been working with computer software for choreography to create contemporary dance performances, set designs and Installations in collaboration with video artists, electronic-music composers, software designers and robot artists.
This process is concluded in 2006 with the commission of a work for a robot as the only actor in a dance piece: “Kubic’s Cube” is developed in an artistic residence in Tesla-Berlin and presented at the Berlin’s Transmediale 2006. In 2007 Pablo Ventura was selected for the “Artist’s In Labs” program during which time he developed a custom written software which automatically generates choreography, and the development of a “Dancing Robot” project in collaboration with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zürich.
City of Zürich Dance Award. 1999. Switzerland.
CYNETart-festival 2000. Dresden. Germany.
CYNETart-festival 2001. Dresden Germany.
Canton of Zurich Dance Award. 2002. Switzerland.
Louis-Philippe Demers (C). 2001-2005 Professor State School of Design Karlsruhe. 2000-2001 Animatronics Atelier, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Aix en Provence. 1994-1998 President of Kunst Machina Production Company. 1993-1995 Computed Art Intensive, Faculty, Simon Fraser University, summer workshops for the introduction to interactive technologies and multi-media programming for performance (Vancouver, Canada). 1987- 1988 Ph.D Electrical Engineering, not completed, Robotic & A.I., Dept. of Electrical Engineering, McGill University (Montreal, Canada).1978-1981 B.Sc., Computer Science. Dept. I.R.O., Universite de Montreal (Montreal, Canada).
Francisco López (E) is internationally recognized as one of the major figures of the underground experimental music scene. Over the last twenty-five years he has developed an astonishing sonic universe, absolutely personal and iconoclastic, based on a profound listening of the world. Destroying boundaries between industrial sounds and wilderness sound environments, shifting with passion from the limits of perception to the most dreadful abyss of sonic power, proposing a blind, profound and transcendental listening, freed from the imperatives of knowledge and open to sensory and spiritual expansion. He has realized hundreds of concerts, projects with field recordings, and sound installations in 50 countries of the five continents. His extended catalog of sound pieces (with live and studio collaborations with over 100 international artists) has been released by more than 140 record labels worldwide, and he has been awarded twice with honorary mentions at the competition of Ars Electronica Festival.