The Walking Cube

Project by Jason Cook & 1024 Architecture

The Walking Cube is the result of a collaborative approach with members of the society 1024 Architecture to render a minimal form dynamic and unpredictable while still managing its' initial structure. Futurist by nature, The Walking Cube expresses those primal agitations suppressed by conformist regulations pervading one's daily life in a mechanical existence. While the object fulfills any such expectations of strict conformity by maintaining a solid, symmetrical, and perfectly contained form, it also fractures these expectations, showing itself likewise capable of many other regular and irregular shapes. With the use of air-pressured mechanics a maximum force and speed was sought in the execution of shape-shifting so as to express a sort of stubborn revolt, and to (re)act with a similar noise and aggression inherent of the machine in which we all live today.

materials: aluminum · steel · pneumatic pistons · springs · air tubes · bungee cable suspension · RPi control unit


Credits

concept: François Wunschel · Jason Cook
design and fabrication: Jason Cook
animation and sound composition: François Wunschel
production management: Pier Schneider
photo · video: Emmanuel Gabily · Nico Merlin

Thanks to
Gregoire Lauvin · initial draft design
Laurent Bolognini · mechanics council
Simon Laroche (Projet Eva) · pneumatic council
Festo France


Exhibitions

2016
Ghent (BE) Zebrastraat · Update_6 · New Technology Art Awards · Winner Public Award
Tokyo (JP) · Digital Choc · Media Ambition Tokyo · Institute Français · 52FL Mori Tower
Aix-en-Provence (FR) · Museum Fondation Vasarely · Festival Gamerz
Metz (FR) · Concert Hall The Arsenal · Festival Ondes Messines
Nantes (FR) · Stereolux · Solo Exhibition "1024 Cubes"

2015
Karlsruhe (DE) · Museum ZKM · Exo-Evolution · 10.30.2015 — 2.28.2016
Strasbourg (FR) · University of Strasbourg · Festival Ososphere · Jardin D'Hiver
Selestat (FR) · Factory Dromson · Exhibition MOTOR · Festival Sélest'art
Geneva (CH) · BAC arts exhibition center · Mapping Festival