Middlesex University students left spectators’ nerves on edge with their innovative exhibition ‘An accident waiting to happen’ at the Kinetica Art Fair 2011. The students’ work was amongst 200 exhibits from the industry’s best designers and inventors from six countries.
The team’s piece comprised of a table with a china vase on it. As spectators approach, sensors cause it to move, with the direction, speed and destination of the vase affected by people surrounding the table. The concept was designed to provoke fear in the spectators mind about the possibility of an accident happening to a priceless object of desire.
The Kinetica Art Fair is the UK’s only art fair dedicated to kinetic, robotic, new media, electronic, sound and light art and took place from 3-6 February 2011 in central London. It’s the second year Middlesex University has exhibited and last year students designed and produced a Heineken Robot that automatically dispenses beer.
The team of product design and engineering (PDE) students, built ‘An accident waiting to happen’ in only eight weeks. In collaboration with Middlesex University Teaching Resources (MUTR) the exhibit was created under the guidance of Reader in Robotics Dr. Stephen Prior.
PDE student, Darren Lewis, who worked on the exhibit said: “The event went really well and we had good feedback from spectators, which was really rewarding. It’s great working on projects from start to finish and then getting the chance to gauge audience feedback.”
Dr. Stephen Prior said: "This was a short project with a team of only three PDE students working to a brief of delivering an interactive piece of kinetic art which would be humorous, puzzling and slightly spooky! The students worked very hard and it paid off as the piece was well received and attracted large crowds.”
You can watch a video clip of the exhibition.