Greylock Arts

Past Exhibit › Sustainable Energy Art

A group exhibition of alternative energy and energy aware musical instruments, jewelry, and more.

Archived on October 31st 2007.

Artists from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program have been combining their work in physical computing with alternative and sustainable energy practices. This exhibit brings together a collection of their experiments in personal wearable technologies, immersive environments, and new interfaces for musical expression.

Curated by Marianne R. Petit.

Leif Krinkle’s human-powered Krinkle-O-Tron Alice Planas’ and Leif Krinkle’s solar-powered Jewelry Andrew Schneider’s solar-powered Bikini Megan MacMurray and Angela Pablo’s Wallflowers Rory Nugent’s solar-powered Xylophone
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In The Storefront:

The Solar-Powered Bikini by Andrew SchneiderThe Solar-Powered Bikini by Andrew Schneider
A solar film bikini that charges your iPod! (With a USB connection!) The suit is a custom made bikini swimsuit retrofitted with 1” × 4” photovoltaic film strips sewn together in series with conductive thread. The cells terminate in a 5 volt regulator into a female USB connection.

Solar Jewelry by Alice Planas and Leif KrinkleSolar Jewelry by Alice Planas and Leif Krinkle
(with Hatti Lim and Meredith Silverman)

Solar jewelry attempts to meld the beauty of jewelry design, electronic components, and sustainable energy into a wearable technology that both compliments the wearer and captivates onlookers. We have designed beautiful circuits based on a nocturnal solar schematic. Using small photovoltaic cells, surface mount electronics, and custom designed circuit boards we pushed design possibilities in order to create aesthetically pleasing wearable technology that charges in the light and electrifies in the dark.

Wallflowers by Megan MacMurray and Angela PabloWallflowers by Megan MacMurray and Angela Pablo
Drawing attention to the unnoticed and easily discarded, wallflowers are aesthetic, hanging wall pieces created from the overused and overlooked plastic grocery bag. Using only found plastic grocery bags and adhesive, wallflowers take a low-tech, simple and elegant approach to visually represent and physically utilize the overabundant plastic bag.

The Solar Xylophone by Rory NugentThe Solar Xylophone by Rory Nugent
The Solar Xylophone is a solar powered, solar controlled, autonomous musical instrument. The xylophone was designed with hopes of using renewable energy as a responsible way of powering the piece but also as a powerful theme to drive its artistic elements. As an autonomous instrument, the xylophone will play music whenever sun is available and will play a virtually unpredictable string of notes, giving it a complete life of its own.

In The Gallery:

The Krinkle-O-Tron by Leif KrinkleThe Krinkle-O-Tron by Leif Krinkle
The Krinkl-O-Tron is an interactive immersive environment composed of three interrelated components: a semicircular rear-projection screen, a slit-scan camera and a human-powered carousel, designed to create, display and interact with the imagery generated by large-format slit-scan photography. The Krinkl-O-Tron also takes into its consideration the necessity to offset its power consumption by harnessing the power of its riders to generate electricity.

Exhibit Dates & Times:

September 14th – October 28th 2007
Admission is free and open to the public.
The Solar Bikini, Solar Jewelry, Wallflowers, and Solar Xylophone can be seen in the storefront at all times.
The Krinkle-O-Tron will be exhibited in the gallery and can be experienced at the opening reception and on:
Saturday September 15th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Friday September 28th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday September 29th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday October 13th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday October 14th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
And by appointment.

Opening Reception:

Friday September 14th 2007, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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93 Summer Street, Adams, MA 01220


North Adams Transcript, 10/4/07: Taking Art for a Spin
Big Red & Shiny, Issue 70: Greylock Arts Opens in Adams, MA
Berkshire Fine Arts, 9/24/07: Launching Greylock Arts in Adams, MA
The Advocate Weekly, 9/20/07: All-Purpose Art
The North Adams Transcript, 9/13/07 : This Bikini Will Give You a Jolt