9 sculptures of knitted wire occupy the entrance hall of the Supercomputingcentre of the university in Stuttgart. Parasite circuits sit on them, using the energy given by solar cells to create sounds and movements.
In opposite to the supercomputer next door the parasites do not compute the current, instead they make it visible and hearable for the observer. The small life forms work totally analog and seem lifely and autonomous due to their changing behaviour caused by weather, clouds and rotation of the sculptures themselves. Small creatures use the energy produced by solar cells and flowing through the knitted wire sculptures for their unpredictable output.
The organic forms of the sculptures build a strong contrast to the formal, modern architecture and glossy as well as neoncolors of the Supercomputing Centre. The entrance hall with its huge windows seems perfect as a space for the solar creatures. From the second floor the details can be spotted and investigated by the visitors and workers of the University.
1,8 km knitted wire
18 sound generating circuits by Ralf Schreiber
51 Piezo speaker
3 movement generating circuits by Mark Tilden
30 solar cells