Public Face II, the kinetic light sculpture of Julius von Bismarck, Benjamin Maus and Richard Wilhelmer is presented during Energieavantgarde Anhalt, a network of experts in the field of renewable energy sources, until the 25th of June 2017. The installation is curated by Susa Pop | Public Art Lab, in the framework of Future DiverCities and in cooperation with the City of Dessau-Rosslau, in Germany.
The installation is a data visualisation depicting the various states of the regional energy system in the form of an oversized luminous Smiley. The mouth and eyelids of the Smiley are moving and changing the sculpture’s ‘mood’ based on the loads of renewable energy generated and consumed in the region.
The artists received the necessary data from energy & meteo systems GmbH for the ‘emotion’s matrix’ of the Public Face II and developed an algorithm for the different energy states.
In this way, the Energieavantgarde Anhalt aims at conveying consciousness around alternative energy sources in the urban ecosystem.
The idea of Public Face was originally conceived to express the citizens’s mood with a newly developed detection software in 2008 for the Media Facades Festival in Berlin and afterwards presented at numerous exhibitions europewide.