Vladivostok
Kinetic installation

Alina Ross
The installation is a mechanical kaleidoscope filled with glass stones from the Glass beach of Vladivostok. The project was presented at the exhibition as a two-hour performance streamed on YouTube, with first 40 minutes dedicated to an artist talk with answering visitor's questions.
The project is a combination of analog and digital. The goal was a demonstration, namely a projection of what can usually be seen looking through the opening of a kaleidoscope. The analogue part of the project was just a self-constructed kaleidoscope, and its filler was collected small «glass» stones from the Glass beach located in the city of Vladivostok, which explains the name of the installation. Mirror plastic is used to reflect the stones. The finished kaleidoscope is placed on a special platform made of plexiglass and spare parts from an ordinary old printer.
In order to project the image from the inside of the kaleidoscope onto the wall, light is used, which directs its beam through the body from one side and is focused with a lens on the other side, creating a projection of the image. The image is changed by rotating the kaleidoscope frame around its axis. At this stage, the digital component of the project is connected. To automate the rotation, a stepping motor was used, which, through two gears, turned the body of the analog part. The motor is controlled by the Arduino controller.
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