treets was a one week public workshop held by Pascal Gissmann, Martina Höfflin and Ralf Schreiber. The collective goal of this workshop was a light sensitive sound-installation in the context of the festival of electronic popculture – c/o pop – in the Rheinpark of Cologne:
Small analog solarbots populated, vibrated and audio-composed a tree in the end.
The Participants could learn the basics of analog circuits and electronic components.
After one week of experimenting, soldering and designing there were around 40 different looking creatures making sounds and movements around us.
On Friday – since the weather wasn’t that good – we decided to do an extra presenation of the results in our workspace, the Moltkerei. The visitors where given flashlights to interact with the robots and were amazed by the little creatures reacting to light.
Next day we headed of to the park – sun was shining – and “installed” the “insects” in a big tree right next to the river Rhein. Exposing them to wind, sunlight and outdoor noise made the creatures even more delicate as they are anyway. During night, interaction with flashlights got more difficult but even more interesting, since you had to search for the small creatures.
Following 13 designers and artists participated in the treets workshop:
Christoph Kuban, media artist
Tilman Reiff, Media artist
Martin Hesselmeier, Designer/Student KHM
Olivier Arcioli, Designer/student KHM
Philipp Seiffert, student KHM
Carsten Goertz, student KHM
Peter Stollenwerk, student KISD
Lea Zamiecka, student academy of art Düsseldorf
Tom Büscher, student KISD
Alexander Schnepp, student KISD
Simone Prim, studentin KISD
Elena Devagar, artist
Mark Weston, University of Michigan
Workspace Moltkerei, Cologne
09.-14. August 2004