killing time combines mesplé’s use of ferrofluid and his characteristic metalwork into a completely new experience. when a viewer approaches, a sensor detects their presence and triggers the handmade electromagnet, initiating a curated sequence. the ferrofluid is sucked in and released in a breath-like motion.
similar to other sculptures, the artist is mainly interested in interacting with viewers. by combining the bronze sculpture “absolution” with real-time processing and ultrasonic sensors, reflective black ferrofluid begins to drown the emerging skull as the viewer approaches.
eric mesplé creates kinetic interactive sculptures, which are based on computer technology. in his works, the artist playfully piques the curiosity of visitors: at first glance, the objects appear static, but in reality, they are in motion. already at the age of 11, mesplé worked in a metal foundry, where he found his familiarity with materials and media. in his works, he combines the physical realm of sculpture with technology. his works transport the viewers into a new state of perception through environmental or individual movements.
mesplé’s grounding in casting techniques is evident in his love for details. his experience with techniques like welding, forging, and sculpture allows the artist to construct and develop his works flawlessly. he uses, for example, the advanced wax casting technique: the sculptures are visually minimalist and technically demanding. the artist deals with anatomy and archaeology, which is expressed, among other things, in the anatomically accurate representation of body parts.
the artist earned his bachelor of fine art in sculpture at the rocky mountain college of art and design. in 2011, he obtained a master of science in art, informatics, and engineering at the university of california, irvine.
the interactive sculpture ferreflection pool combines real-time video interpolation, microprocessors, and 320 electromagnets to generate reflective silhouettes of the moving body of the viewer. the fluid responds magnetically and distorts upon activation.
the kinetic sculpture machine: affecting effect: comes to life through magnetically responsive ferrofluid. when a viewer approaches the sculpture, the ferrofluid on the outside of the sphere forms a circle that follows the movement closest to the sculpture. when someone approaches the sculpture, it loses interest in the previous viewer and begins to follow the next.