Samuel Bianchini, Robotic cable, 2019

Robotic realization : Léo Quénéhervé
with the advice of Kanty Rabenorosoa
and the collaboration of Olivier Bienz, Didier Bouchon and Jérôme Saint-Clair

Assistant for the scenographic arrangement: Corentin Loubet

This project was based on a first prototype developed under the direction of Kanty Rabenorosoa by Yoann Dumas, Thomas Gaulier, David Kristanek and Léo Quénéhervé.

Spare robotic system and maintenance: François Marionnet, Patrick Rougeot, Pierre Roux with the assistance of Matthias Revol.

Project developed in the framework of the Reflective Interaction Research Group of Ensadlab, laboratory of The École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD – Université Paris Sciences et Lettres) in partnership with École nationale supérieure de mécanique et des microtechniques (ENSMM), S.MART Franche-Comté, AS2M department / FEMTO-ST Institute with the support of The Chaire arts et sciences de l’École polytechnique, de l’EnsAD-PSL et de la Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso.

Thanks to Euroflex company, Pforzheim, Germany.

How can the content of a signal make the cable that carries it move, as in the case of a video broadcasting device? How would what this video represents then influence, dynamically, the movement of the cable which moves, tortures, struggles, slowly or by jumping, like a snake caught in a trap?
A flat screen is hung facing a wall. It projects a halo of light and the cable feeding it with images is clearly visible: it comes out of the angle of this same wall, to twist and move according to the image thus diffused, that of a continuous news channel. 
If the communication industries, as well as the thinkers of this field, still tend to separate the questions relative to the content from those concerning the devices that give access to it, here, it is definitely not the case.

Snakable, 2020. Photos : © Samuel Bianchini