sculptor & sound artist

LightSculpture - Community Art Project

2 m x 1,22 m x 1,70 m 

fluoreszierendes Acrylglas, transparentes Acrylglas, schwarzer Holzsockel, Klebepunkte, Lichtleisten

Oracle OpenWorld, JavaOne, San Francisco, USA, 2017

Cooperation with the media artist Wolf Nkole Helzle

Während der dreitägigen Konferenz von Oracle Openworld, JavaOne 2017, entstand das Teilhabeprojekt LightSculpture. Die Besucher wurden zuerst fotografiert. Dann wurde das Porträt der Besucher in fluoreszierendem Acrylglas ausgeschnitten. Anschließend wurde das ausgefräste Porträt  in die Skulptur eingesetzt. Insgesamt nahmen rund 350 Besucher teil. 

During the three-day conference of Oracle Openworld, JavaOne, the participated Project LightSculpture arose. The visitors were first photographed; then the portrait of visitors was cut out in fluorescent acrylic glass; then the portrait in acrylic glass entered the sculpture. A total of about 350 visitors took part.

Modern Developer, Oracle OpenWorld | October 10, 2017
Cloud Is Secret Behind Developer Lounge IoT, Art
By: Alexa Morales

Six CNC routers are cutting and etching faces into fluorescent acrylic while German artist Mirja Wellmann watches nearby. A woman admiring Wellmann’s sculpture gushes, “It’s beautiful! It’s like if you have talent, there are no limits!” Nearby, four flavors of microbrewed beer are perfected with data from IoT sensors. Oracle OpenWorld 2017 attendees rate the brews on touch screens. Others assemble colorful furniture made from 3D-printed beams designed by Java expert Michael Hoffer. Adorable robots intrigue passers-by. Welcome to Oracle’s annual Developer Lounge.

Merging Art and Technology

For the creatively inclined, there’s a thrilling implication behind the Developer Lounge: Artists are in demand to find new ways to incorporate such elements as CNC routers, 3D printers, IoT sensors, robotics, and cloud-native intelligence into novel experiences.
That’s how Wellmann sees it. The sculptor and sound artist who conceived of the interactive art at the last two annual conferences, she is all smiles as she notes how much she enjoys working with people—most of her installations are collaborative.
Using facial recognition technology, the faces of attendees who pose for a photo by Wolf Helzle, Wellmann’s social media artist husband, are plotted for cutting on the CNC routers, then glued to a series of glowing Lucite slabs. “I wanted to do the portrait of the attendees like a flying abstract form—a flock,” she says.

Though she has no technology background, Wellmann began using cutting machines to help build enormous wooden forms. Now, she’s optimistic that companies like Oracle will need people like her and her husband to put technology to creative use: “For me, I’m really lucky because [this collaboration means] I can do things that by myself I can’t.”