ORBITAL RESONANCE - DeComputation 2016

concept | co-direction | art direction | prototype

Eleanor Greenleaf, Danila Luppino, Chih-Yang Chen

Taking a closer look at formant waves, frequencies, rhythms, ratios and patterns by experimenting with the construction of kinetic structures
as alternative physical representation of orbital resonance.
Initial experiments prototyped and explored using basic elements such as paper, sticks and tape.
Later with more appropriate materials and leading to potentially creating mechanicalized structures.

As a starting point we visualise waves.
Resonant systems in acoustics are systems where strings are fixed at both ends of a structure and that vibrate at certain frequencies.
Resonant systems vary in the sharpness of response.

By transferring energy into our system, the disturbance will provoke the resonance.
The displacement of the first wave will move to a new position while the corresponding second wave will decrease, creating nodes (point of no displacement) and
antinodes (maximum displacement). Therefor the resonator will be exited and it will continue to vibrate till it will gradually lose its energy through the damping.
On a macro scale the nodes and antinodes are a point of interest and a point of convergence in the formation of the shape of the wave,
which reminds us of the collision of particles in the formation of the universe.
On a micro scale the nodes and antinodes also represent social mechanisms of interactions, evolution and human behaviours.

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