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colmena

In summer 2010 a swarm (span.: colmena) of electronic life forms invades the park of the Pilar i Joan Miro Foundation in Palma de Mallorca.

About 100 analog creatures in hand-crocheted nests out of wire settled in trees of the mediterranean park up on the hills of Palma. As soon as the sun rises they start moving and cheeping, depending on how the sun falls into their solar cells. Visitors of the park are invited to discover, observe and wonder about these uncommon habitants which live autarkic in the trees. Through chaotic and unpredictable sounds and movements the creatures seem alive and fit perfectly into the surrounding natural environment.
The installation shows parallels to Miro‘s work in using a geometrical form which on the same time appears very organic. Like Miro‘s forms occupy the canvas, these small beings inhabit the nature around Miro‘s ateliers and workshops. Miro imagined that his sculptures have souls and get alive during night to walk around, he wanted sculptures to merge with nature. The installation colmena takes these thoughts and realizes them by exposing the electronic creatures out in nature for at least one summer. No matter what wind, rain, saltwater, desert sand and animals will do to the artwork.

View and order the printed catalog of colmena here.

Material
6000m handknitted wire
100 circuits, produced especially for colmena
100 motors
200 piezo speakers
200 solar cells, produced especially for colmena
Resistors, capacitors, LEDs

The installation colmena is the winner of the Premi Pilar Juncosa i Sotheby’s 2009 award and is curated by Pau Waelder. It will be shown from 2. July – 9. October 2010 in the gardens of the Miro Foundation:

Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca
C. De Saridakis
29
07015 Palma – Illes Balears
http://miro.palmademallorca.es

Videos:

Colmena – Electronic Life Forms from Pau Waelder on Vimeo

Press
Mallorca Zeitung 05.09.2009 (german, pdf, 216kb)
Mallorca Magazin 27/2010 (german, pdf, 120kb)
Mallorca Zeitung 15.07.2010 (german, pdf, 320kb)
Diario de Mallorca 30.08.2010 (spanish, weblink)
El Pais 09.09.2010 (spanish, weblink)
El Mundo 20.09.2010 (spanish, pdf, 272kb)
Mallorca TV News (youtube video)

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