is a designer and engineer currently based in London. In 2018, he graduated from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College with an MA/MSC in innovation design engineering, following an MEng in France.

Using the mediums of writing and interaction technologies, he explores the junction of human-centred concerns and complex systems. His research interests include: futurecasting, speculative and critical design and ethnographic user-research.

Applying his knowledge of design, technology and fabrication, he regularly works with contemporary artists to bring their ideas to fruition. 

︎︎︎ Email
︎︎︎ Instagram
︎︎︎ CV

DOC 234—34/2


KEYWORDS: Emergence, Instrument, Music, Complexity, 3D-printing, Parametric model, Algorithm
Peruvian water whistles are one of the oldest instruments that can be found in America. The craft knowledge of making them has been handed down from generation to generation. The basic working principle is relatively simple; there are two chambers that contain water. When the instrument is tilted the water flows from one chamber into the other through a connecting pipe, pushing air out of a whistle. The key to making Peruvian water whistle function properly is ensuring the ratios between the dimensions are right, however there is however hardly any documentation on how they work.

Use of a parametric model in combination with 3D printing technology enabled the successful reverse engineering of this ancient instrument. The resulting water whistle was fitted with connective system that enabled counterpart whistles to be triggered in accordance with an algorithm, resulting in emergent, higher-order complexity.

© Arthur Gouillart, unless otherwise stated