A Recommissioned Machine Designed To Imitate The Behaviour Of Earthquakes

During late 1995, D V Rogers successfully tendered for the removal of an earth-quake simulator from a now defunct minerals and mining museum; "The Earth Exchange", The Rocks, Sydney, Australia. The simulator essentially came about as a result of the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake (15 lives lost), which proved that even Australia was not immune from damaging earthquakes causing significant human and economic loss. Essentially the simulator was used as an amusement device; the general public would stand upon it experiencing a 5.7, magnitude earthquake of engineered equivalence measured for the Newcastle earthquake.

Culminating in almost 3000 hrs of work the simulator has been recommissioned and is currently operational from a workshop in Leichhardt, Sydney, NSW. This web archive documents the various stages undertaken in designing a more functional and modular earthquake simulator enabling it to be transported and installed in various possible future locations. For the most part this massive undertaking has been self financed, with some assistance from both the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Network For Art and Technology to realise the recommission of this unique engineering device.

Utilising this machine designed to imitate the behaviour of earthquakes the next phase of work is currently in the stage of researching, designing and implementing a real-time control system. This new control will enable the earthquake simulator to interpret and conceptually output the performance and variable effects of globally monitored earthquakes by means of real-time, remote data transmission. This open source project is a major undertaking investigating the general principles of control, means of control, and their utilisation in engineering, seismology, and information database retrieval.

It is hopeful this work will be successfully achieved sometime during 2001, of which D. V. Rogers will endeavour to have this work eventually featured within the interna-tional public domain. A telematic artwork intending to create a reality, echo, an appearance of work, the machine, the system of industrial production in its entirety while invoking an experience of our current social and geophysical state.

For more information please contact;

D V Rogers
PO Box 882 Strawberry Hills
NSW, 2012 Australia
email: dvr@allshookup.org