This work is about how our movements (gestures) are recorded and translated into the actions of elements within a system, and how our interaction affects the behavior of that system. Digital technology allows us to extend our sense of self beyond the limits of our physical body and to manifest our desires virtually. But as we take position to control the interface, we execute our gestures like a puppet for the enjoyment of the system. And it is our interaction that gives the system meaning. Without our puppet input, the system is alone.
The work consists of a complex mechanical construction (machine) and a human actor (puppet). The machine is a modular construction of wood dowels, laser-cut plywood, 3D printed parts, ball-chain, gear-motors, cables, and various nuts and bolts. The machine is actuated by a control box that contains an Arduino and wireless radio that communicates with a corresponding Arduino / radio combo that is worn by the puppet. The puppet stands within or before the the work and his gestures are echoed by the machine. The machine retains a memory of these gestures, and continues with lonesome sporadic echoes of motion.