Angie Duignan. ‘Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin’ / Frankensteiny Shoes.
Description: Interactive, automated pair of shoes.
Using Arduino, servo motors and a photo sensor the interactive automated shoes are instilled with a sense of identity/personality through the use of movement. The object comes to life only through interaction from the audience. On one level the work makes reference to the story ‘The Wizard of Oz’, however these shoes can no longer be worn and have no magical powers to transport the owner back home. The work also makes reference to the origin of the shoes themselves. The once occupied pair of shoes invite the viewer to contemplate memory in relation to objects and possessions. These shoes communicate their desire to be reunited with their previous owner and speak of lost relationships and question what memory an object may hold. The work is open to interpretation and may be read on many levels.