‘suffolk deluxe electric bike, I’, by dev harlan and olek, combines crochet work and digital projection
a collaboration between new york -based artists olek (agata olek) and dev harlan,
‘suffolk deluxe electric bicycle, I’ takes a men’s road bike as the site of a realtime intermeshing
of objects and material texture inseparably from light and video projection.
covered in white crocheting, the bicycle becomes the canvas for colour, pattern, and movement projected onto its surface.
the 3D mapping is designed to mimic the effect of knitting, through not only the textured appearance of many of the projected images
but also the realtime evolution of the patterns, which incorporates stop motion animations of real crocheting
and thus appear and disappear on the bicycle as if crocheted, unrolled, or unstitched.
the hyperreal piece unites the visual aesthetic of olek’s pieces– in which bicycles, cars, sculptures, and people are encased
in colourful hand crocheted skins– with the technical production process of dev’s new media and projection mapping works.
installation view of the work
bike projection of a crochet piece depicting the artists’ names
image courtesy of artlog
the projections include segments of stop motion documentation of real crocheting