Offset XYZ
2018 — Kinetic sculpture, dim. 310 x 310cm
Pneumatic actuators, stretchable fabric, custom software
What, if you are not understood?
What, if your environment were alien to you?
What, if you just want to be accepted?

What, if you were an AI?

Imitating human behavioral patterns with derived, abstracted actions and processes, Offset XYZ — a physical artificial intelligence — tries to establish communication with the human observer. The kinetic sculpture's behaviour includes fixed, dynamic and random movements together with flexible time units (unique, repetitive, intuitive) to create an autonomous, unpredictable object which possess its own time basis, its own consciousness, its own reality.

Every position and movement has to be read as encrypted words and sentences, its semiotic system or language: an attempt for seeking contact from the self-aware becoming machine trying to be understand by its unknown environment. To immerse its effort for acceptance, the object has adapted a recognized proportion model based on the human body (Modulor Man by Le Corbusier) to adjust its physical appearance to the scheme-conditioned human perception as much as possible.

Is the observer — are we — able to decode and accept the cryptic, alien opponent as an equal acting protagonist?

In-situ at Kühlhaus Berlin (Preparing for darkness), Berlin / Germany
Proportions from Offset XYZ based on "Le Modulor" (© FLC/ADAGP,