TALK & DISCUSSION
In this talk, Mihalis will present the outcomes of two parallel processes he worked on during his residency at Thinker Maker Space.
The first one was a study on clay, fragments and vertical motion. With this study he wanted to investigate complexities in the motion of elements that move in parallel lanes and against gravity. In this case, it’s combined with clay fragments and microsound, but in the future the mechanism developed can be used on a suspended musical instrument. The study resulted in a large kinetic sculpture which will be showcased in the exhibition space.
In parallel, he worked on an introduction to his new string instrument, which will be developed in 2023. This is an ambitious project, as it involves a very large structure that meant to be suspended from ceilings. The work done involves a preliminary design, scale models, and prototypes in a 1:1 scale, which will be also part of the exhibition.What connects the two projects is the way they utilize weights, gravity and kinetics.
Mihalis Shammas is an interdisciplinary artist and designer from Cyprus.
His work is driven by an urge to create narrative objects and tools for musical expression. It spans over instrument making, performance,sound sculpture and installation work. In all these areas, he explores intricacies in movement and sound by animating simple materials,manifesting tensions between the mechanical and the chaotic.
Mihalis joined the Artist in Residence program of Thinker Maker Space in November 2022 which will be completed in February 2023.
WEBSITE | mihalisshammas.com