James Capper research collaboration

Sculptor James Capper works with hydraulic engineering and elements of mechanical movement borrowed from the industrial world, bringing together art and engineering. The hydraulic systems enable his sculptures to move and make marks on various surfaces.

Capper’s exhibition Sculpture & Hydraulics at The Edge in spring 2017 presented a wide range of sculptures, drawings and films from one of the UK’s most exciting artists.

MONITOR, a new EARTH MARKING sculpture has been developed with Jens Roesner and student Declan Jonckers of the University of Bath’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Together they aimed to make a ‘fly by wire’ interface to control the gait in the walking motion of a four-legged sculpture, similar to that of a lizard. The focus on robotic control was suggested by Roesner when Capper visited the department in 2016. This is the first time Capper has used a computer interface in his sculpture. As with other works, the ambition with MONITOR is to make the work as a larger prototype, that can be tested in challenging terrain.

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Image: MONITOR WITH STEP TYPE TEETH, 2016, ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Hannah Barry Gallery