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Mayhem Machine

Interactive Audiovisual Animation Instrument

  Mayhem Machine is an interactive instrument that produces synchronised sound, light and animation compositions, controlled by the audience via a custommade interface. The installation features instruments that can be used to control a symbiotic set of animations and sounds, and offers tools to further
enhance the audiovisual compositions made by its users.
Mayhem machine is designed for interaction, the audience can use its playful tools to invoke “mayhem”.
The machine aims to challenge its users to experience audiovisual compositions through a variety of tools designed
for both construction and deconstruction, using playful forms of interaction.

In Mayhem Machine, Sound, Interaction and Animation create a symbiotic relationship and meaning.
The animations and sounds create different stories by showing in non linear sequences which the audience controls in a playful manner.

The animations are based on animation principles stemming from Golden Age Cartoons, at the turn of the century.

Golden Age Cartoons, created the meaning “Language of Vision”, the cohesion between cartoon motion and sound; Striving for a symbiotic image and sound experience in which animation could allocate itself a new function in which animations could be created and experienced as a dynamic experience instead of a linear experience.

The task of the cartoon animator, is to release and bring into social action, the dynamic forces of Visual Energy. This nervous system can aquire discipline necessary to the dynamics of contemporary Moving Image




Mayhem Machine is a project by Animator & New Media Artist Marieke Verbiesen who works with playful interactive installations & games.
Her works have been showed at various international exhibitions, festivals & public spaces since 2003.
Marieke blends the use of animation & obsolete technology like old computerhardware and super8 film with new technologies
such as interactive interfaces and motiontracking in works based on B-Movies, Computergames and Science Fiction.




Exhibited at:

Incubate Festival, Tilburg, NL
La Gaite Lyrique, Paris, FR

Playful Interventions, Bergen, NO > 29 April - 05 Mai 2016



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