“Impel” by ACCAD/OSU

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    The course of events: The environment is a series of chambers that border each other. The central object of the piece resides in the central chamber. Each chamber contains an object or set of objects. One by one, the objects in these rooms perform a pre-defined series of actions. They do this not out of free will, but because it is their nature. The objects must exhibit behav-iors that appear instinctive.Their forms must correspond to this need. As each of these objects goes through its routine, it exerts a force upon the primary object in the central chamber.

    The construction of the central object is different from the objects in the bordering rooms. Its structure is more static. That is its nature. The top of the central object contains four smaller pieces within an open-faced box. Each one of these objects is vulnerable to one of the forces from one of the four rooms.

    Each room has a distinct meaning. As each of the four objects tries to move itself nearer to the room it is associated with, it finds that it cannot escape from the confines of the open-faced box. They want to interact completely with the other forces, but they are confined by the central object of which they are a part. The piece comes to completion after all four of the forces have been described and all have made their mark on the cen-tral object. In the end, all four rooms activate simultaneously, which exerts a force upon all four objects in unison. The force of this action is great enough to cause this energy to transfer down the entire central structure, which then begins to pull itself apart in order to interact. In the end, the central object, having gone through a violent transformation, is left as a sprawling mass that is nearly touching the walls of the other chambers.

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    Special thanks to the expert instruction and advice of ACCAD, The Ohio State University