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mechanical creatures at the barbican by noam dover and amit drori
feb 08, 2013
mechanical creatures at the barbican by noam dover and amit drori


the work was conceived in order to reflect human feeling and imagination
image courtesy noam dover and michal cederbaum

 

 

israeli director amit drori has given life to the handcrafted creatures of tel aviv-based artist/designer duo noam dover and michal cederbaum in a
production titled ‘savanna, a possible landscape’ recently shown at the barbican in london. the beasts, large and small, invited the audience to experience
an exotic menagerie of moving sculptures, made up of an eclectic selection of meticulously crafted robotic animals – elephants, antelopes, giant tortoises,
birds, snails and caterpillars. the work was conceived in order to reflect human feeling and imagination – the pieces made with striking attention to detail;
able to move through the careful orchestration of servo motors and remote control. dover and drori collaborated to create the creatures –
controlled by puppeteers in the production – while michal cederbaum organized a collection of projections for the show, representing an africa in the
bowels of the barbican. following the performance, audience members are were able to interact with the automated animals – entering deeper
into the mind’s eye of the creator.

 

 


large saharan elephant
image courtesy michael cederbaum

 

 


the animals, large and small, were brought to life in a theatre production about the wild african savanna
image courtesy noam dover and michal cederbaum

 

 


amit drori’s ‘savanna’ elephant
video courtesy of amit drori

 

 


‘eva, the heron’ created by noam dover for the ‘savanna, a possible landscape’ production by amit drori
image © mario del curto

 

 


the bird was controlled by remote
image courtesy noam dover and michal cederbaum

 

 


the pieces were made with striking attention to detail
image courtesy noam dover and michal cederbaum

 

 

director amit drori with a giant moth
image courtesy noam dover and michal cederbaum

 

 


‘savanna’ trailer
video courtesy of amit drori

 

 


most of the pieces were made from plywood
image courtesy noam dover and michal cederbaum

 

 


some glowing snails on moving on wheels
image courtesy noam dover and michal cederbaum

 

 


animal preview
video courtesy of amit drori

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