Valse Automatique

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Valse Automatique is a design perform­ance made to illus­trate the symbi­osis between humans and tech­no­logy by trans­lating music to form over the use of a KUKA indus­trial robot.

Client

MADE Berlin

Scope of Work

  • Interface Design
  • Gener­ative Design
  • Live-Manufacturing

Credits

The project explores how compu­ta­tional musical data can be used to create objects as “finger­prints” of a musical scores in the context of an indus­trial manu­fac­turing process. For this purpose Mihalj “MIKI” Kekenj composed and performed five vari­ations of a waltz theme created specific­ally for the event at “MADE” — a plat­form for creative people from different discip­lines in the heart of Berlin.

Invited to the project by Hermann Weizenegger and MADE in Berlin, we have designed an inter­face and gener­ative design prin­ciple according to which objects were live-manufactured during the perform­ance. In a first manu­fac­turing process the robot milled objects from wax. In the second process it used a bunsen burner. The product is a duet of industrial components and musical arrangements.

The movement of the robot was programmed with KUKA’s own programming language KRL
The KUKA robot, performing choreographed live manufacturing

Video

Studio NAND

Credits & References

Studio NAND

Project Lead HAW; Music MIKI; MADE: tadiROCK, Nico Zeh & team; Video Matthias Maercks

Manufacturing artis GmbH; Music Analysis & Lights Chris Jeffs

Thanks to KUKA Roboter GmbH