Meter Crawler by Keiko Takahashi (JP) is still on display in Berlin at the VW Automobil Forum Unter den Linden as part of Like A Second Nature. After the exhibition closes on Sunday, it will be transferred to Linz and can be seen during TOTAL RECALL – The Evolution of Memory. We have talked with Keiko about his work.
How did you come up with the concept for work?
I am working at computer graphics field, so, working in virtual world.
When I started to make “Meter Crawler”, I took part in an arduino workshop, and then I learned that how to move or control physical objects. I was wondering if it possible to make real daily objects animate like Luxo Jr. from Pixar studio, not in virtual world, but in the real world!! Daily objects animate like creature in the computer graphics, So, I thought that it might be possible to animate real objects in real world. Then I started the Meter Crawler project.
What were the biggest challenges in realising the project?
The biggest challenge was to get into the physical (real) world, starting to learn how to control a motor, sensor and so on.
What is your goal, what are your intentions with Meter Crawler?
It is still progressing. I wish that it react surroundings or viewer’s behavior. However, they are small and hard to put into all of mechanical stuff. This is the dilemma that how to realize.
How did you end up being an interactive creator/artist, where do you come from?
By accident. In 2001, I submitted my interactive work, called “Rakugaki” to Prix Ars Electronica, I received that Honorary Mention. That was the first time I made an interactive artwork. Since then, I keep doing.
Do you already have plans for the future?
Not yet, I am thinking new daily objects creature, but nobody knows the future!
Like A Second Nature is running until July 28th at the VW Automobil Forum Unter den Linden in Berlin.