Project: Create a work of art that generates energy by utilizing the muscle exertion of the artist and activating muscle exertion by members of the audience.

 

Beuys and Ji represent members of the population who anticipate infrastructure breakdowns of coal fired power plants, political disruptions of crude oil deliveries, melt-downs of nuclear power plants, or terrorist attacks on hydro-electric dams. Franceschini, Potrc, Strachan, Saraceno, Superflex and Yeh explore safer and more reliable energy-generating alternatives that are recognized and accepted. Starling, however, introduces a means to generate energy that is missing from most explorations of alternative energy-generating schemes. He relies on his own muscles!

Project: Create a work of art that generates energy by utilizing the muscle exertion of the artist and activating muscle exertion by members of the audience.

Research / Discussion: Choose a task that is commonly conducted by a machine (e.g. brushing your teeth, sawing a 12″ diameter log, grinding one cup of peanuts into peanut butter, slicing a one pound loaf of bread, etc.). How many calories would you have to consume in order to perform this task through muscle-power instead of machine-power? Are muscles an efficient alternative energy source for this task?