Fully Automatic Discomachine Superclub.
Superclub interprets music from a built-in record player in a very archaic way. The music played is detected by a microphone which steers the movement of a "mechanical hand." This hand moves quickly into the electromagnetical sensor-field of a theremin. The changing frequencies of the theremin steer the lever gear of the records-pitch control. Superclub is a self-interactive interpreter of music. Person who enter the sensory-field become part of the system. They and the "autonomous and intelligent behavior" of the machine can influence the speed of the record.
About Björn Schülke
Influenced by German sound artist Peter Vogel and Jean Tinguely’s kinetic sculptures, Björn Schülke creates complex viewer-activated machines that combine movement, surveillance, and sound. Equal parts art and science, Schülke’s works play on our relationship to technology, from the ominously-titled Drone #6 (2006), which appears to hover close to the ceiling and monitor movement below, to the playful oddity of Nervous (1999-2009), a wall-mounted, fluorescent orange ball of fur that shudders and emits robotic noises when approached.
German, b. 1967