Composing on Wheels

»Composing on Wheels« is an interactive artistic installation by Yannick Hofmann & Johannes Jensen developed at ZKM | Hertz-Lab as part of EASTN-DC.

It reflects a growing concern among media artists: the invisible and intangible carbon footprint of their practice. The installation uses the muscle power of visitors to produce electronic music. The bicycle is connected to belt-driven generators, which power a sensor-controlled device consisting of an energy-efficient single-board computer and several photo-resistors. While it makes the creation and consumption of energy visible, the installation doesn’t pretend to be the solution to our non-renewable resources troubles.
The work was shown as part of the seventh edition of the Device_art festival of art, robotics and new technologies organized by Kontejner at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.