Artwork > Passage

Passage is comprised of 300 cells modeled after ancient Parthian cells dated between 200BCE and 200CE, found in areas around modern Baghdad. The cells consist of a copper tube, steel rod, ceramic jar, and vinegar or citric acid. Individually the cells give off 0.5V and a few mAs; when linked as seen in the images, the cells form a battery sufficient to run an iPod shuffle, first generation, for short spurts of time (the energy source is inconsistent). The iPod seen in the picture has been de-cased and its original battery has been removed and fitted to hook up to the Parthian battery. The iPod plays a recording of the process of making the ceramic pots, multiple tracks of the process were recorded, layered, and mixed to a generic pop beat. If you're interested in hearing this track, please contact me.

Special thanks to:
*Martin Peach for his patient technical assistance with this project.

Want to make your own Parthian cell?
www.instructables.com/id/Building_a_quo?


 twyla exner, ceramics, terracotta, vessels, bagdad battery, parthian battery, parthian cell, vinegar battery, alternative battery, ipod, ipod battery, power, sound art, art, contemporary art, contemporary sculpture, cool art, cool sculpture, craft, conte
Terracotta, Copper, Steel, Vinegar, Wax, iPod Shuffle (1st generation)
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2009
 twyla exner, ceramics, terracotta, vessels, bagdad battery, parthian battery, parthian cell, vinegar battery, alternative battery, ipod, ipod battery, power, sound art, art, contemporary art, contemporary sculpture, cool art, cool sculpture, craft, conte
Terracotta, Copper, Steel, Vinegar, Wax, iPod Shuffle (1st generation)
Dimensions Vary
2009
 twyla exner, ceramics, terracotta, vessels, bagdad battery, parthian battery, parthian cell, vinegar battery, alternative battery, ipod, ipod battery, power, sound art, art, contemporary art, contemporary sculpture, cool art, cool sculpture, craft, conte
Terracotta, Copper, Steel, Vinegar, Wax
Dimensions Vary
2009