Up in Arms
Up in Arms is an installation piece in which resonant objects such as percussion instruments are activated by lifecasts of a child's hand and foot. A hand or a foot may be implanted with vibrating DC motors, while others may be attached to a rotating rod driven by motors to strike other objects. Motor activities are controlled by an Arduino that processes wireless data gathered from sensors inside the life casts. The project deals with what I feel is a complete lack of awareness in child abuse. The life casts' silence and its clumsy mobility reflects a child's disadvantage in this adult-centric world, while each strike to a percussive instrument is meant to embody the violence hidden inside of a family behind the closed doors.