The scenic designer, Artemis Flessa had a very unique idea, the creation of a “robotic-mechanical” construction as a part of the scenic decoration for the theatrical play “Suddenly Last Summer” . A classical play written by Tennessee Williams in 1958 and directed by Georgia Mavragani for the Athen’s Festival in 2017.
Sbastian’s garden would be consisted by 19 mechanical roses and as director’s (G.M) prerequisite it should be an organic part of the stage instead of a typical scenic decoration.
The challenge was huge, the difficulties and the new fields which they had to be solved and discovered were many, failure was not an option and time was against us.
For its implementation I split all the different stages to face them separately ,
concept & design
- calculating distance and position of each element in real space (according to its movement and its dimensions)
- per-defining the ways that the elements would interact with the actors on stage
- follow director’s instructions
analysis & coding
- listing and transcribing the movements
- encoding and decoding signals
- programming the micro-controller (arduino like)
- implementing an understandable and easy to learn UI
- measuring and calculating the proper currents and voltages
- compositing different parts and connect them with the micro-controller and their power supply
- on-the spot fixies and debugging
- calibration and synchronization
- finalization of CUEs
many thanks go to Panos Sarafis and Stavros Vassos for their valuable contribution in the stages of assembly and analysis & coding respectively.