constantine zlatev manufactures harmonious robotic gun flutes constantine zlatev manufactures harmonious robotic gun flutes
aug 18, 2014

constantine zlatev manufactures harmonious robotic gun flutes

constantine zlatev manufactures harmonious robotic gun flutes
all images courtesy of constantine zlatev

 

 

 

‘in the past, the natural artists worked primarily with natural materials. nowadays, we have mountains of discarded technology. these junkyards are the modern day quarries. and artists like me can make anything out of these resources. all of my recent works are made from salvaged industrial scraps and surplus technology that our society is burying itself in.’ san francisco-based artist constantine zlatev holds these statements as the driving force behind each of his creations. with this mentality, he is able to see the possibility to design something meaningful for the world we currently live in while using remnants of the past. following this ethos, he has developed a pair of installations called ‘the last gun’ and ‘chifte kavali.’

 


video courtesy of constantine zlatev

 

 

 

similar to the works of pedro reyes, each of the constructs consists of disabled weapons. more specifically, zlatev has transformed gun barrels into robotic double-flutes, which are played with compressed air. the mechanics are programmed and controlled through open-source electronics using an arduino microprocessor and a raspberry pi board.

constantine zlatev robotic gun flutes
full view of the installation

 

 

 

the installations graphically chart and then musically depict the rise and fall of annual U.S. arms exports. the instruments’ aural responses are based upon a value judgment – they are programmed to play scottish singer-songwriter eric bogle’s ‘and the band played waltzing matilda’, a famous song with somber melody meant to convey a strong anti-war message.

constantine zlatev robotic gun flutes
data visualization

constantine zlatev robotic gun flutes
pneumatic pistons of ‘the last gun’

constantine zlatev robotic gun flutes
mechanical valves

constantine zlatev robotic gun flutes
flute mouthpieces 

constantine zlatev robotic gun flutes

full installation view

constantine zlatev robotic gun flutes
‘chifte kavali’ AKA double-barrel flute 

constantine zlatev robotic gun flutes
detail of the pistons

constantine zlatev robotic gun flutes
arm grip

constantine zlatev robotic gun flutes
tubing

constantine zlatev robotic gun flutes
solenoid controls 

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    art news