PI & PI2
Fabian Winkler

PI (personal interpreters) is a set of small robotic devices, which deconstruct TV broadcasts' audio signals. The robots interpret the regular audio signal as control code and translate it into abstract rhythmic sounds. In this translation process they create surprising image/sound relationships, challenging the audience to watch well-known TV content in novel ways.
PIs can be plugged into the sound output of a TV set (via RCA cables). Using suction cups, individual modules can be attached anywhere to the surface of the TV. These modules translate the sound output from TV broadcasts into movements of mechanized parts that scratch, hit and thump on the surface of the TV set using it as a resonant body. The audience still sees the video part of the TV broadcast but hears only the deconstructed sounds created by the robotic modules - vaguely reminding them of the original soundtrack but challenging them to interpret it in new ways.

PI2 is a new version of the original personal interpreters. It features a new hardware/software controller system developed by Patrick Kalita with an improved response to audio frequencies and new skins for the robots (sky blue, hunter green, silver and bright yellow). PI2 has been presented with newly edited video footage of 1970s Kung-Fu movies.

  • Art&Design faculty exhibition, Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries, Yue-Kong Pao Hall for the Visual and Performing Arts, Purdue University, IN, October 2007.
  • TIMELAPSE exhibition, SoFA Gallery, Indiana University Bloomington, IN, September 2007.
  • Thirteenth International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA) and ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge, San Jose, California, August 2006.
  • mp-IV/fabian winkler, mirko mayer gallery, Cologne, Germany, October-December 2005.