Saturday · 21. September 2013 · 15:30hrs
Grain Elevators
Ganson Street · Buffalo · NY 14203

Rochus Aust · composition/projection/trumpet
Fosco Perinti · broom/voice/melodica
Jonathan Golove · theremin-cello/broom
Markus Aust · sounddirection/broom/melodica

The broom of the future might be one device amongst many, a device whose new edition would not really get anybody wildly excited, a device which inevitably would reappear at some point and then disappear again. This broom, however, is slightly different and this is what makes its preview so remarkable and its announcement so eagerly anticipated. Not only will the broom of the future provide superior cleaning at a volume of 0.4 dB, not only does it stem from a tradition of superior sweeping, no, finally it will also fly and in doing so, it will have a kind word for everybody and – in this it is truly exceptional – it will be using a micro-adhesive compound of the rubbish it sweeps up to directly repair the pavements and roads.

In a world which is becoming increasingly noisy and unfriendly and – in the truest sense of the word – more and more jagged, this device is a genuine blessing for mankind: a mutation of aircraft and floor sponge, of drone and robot, a cornucopia of technology and poetry. And all the witches of the universe will have to jealously acknowledge its existence.

Like so often in life, the exciting processes are internal and not necessarily visible to everybody. And, like so often, they are so minute, that we do not notice them until they make a big impact. Sweeping-Tom gets air-bound using a rather conventional hoover-craft technology which, due to its almost negligible, minimal weight, only has to be used sparingly, resulting in a minimal noise level. At the same time, the “air cushion” is used to get the objects that are meant to be hoovered-up into circulation which, in its turn, propels them into the intake duct. The intake duct is the heart of the vision and an exceptionally brilliant one at that: here nano-blades containing a platinum alloy will rotate against the direction of the suction and effectively atomise the material that has just been sucked up. To bind the adhesive spoils we rely on chewing gum which, generally, is abundantly available on all our streets.

Because Sweeping-Tom, thanks to its sensors, is able to already decide during the suction process which materials are lacking for its mixture, it is able – should its containers for storing material send a relevant alert message – to only suck-up and process the required particles. Its photo-optic scanning system detects all irregularities and potential danger spots and registers which of them should be filled first. With the help of additional nozzles in the “air cushion” apparatus the relevant material is then emitted and hardened via the application of heat. When it comes to its basic concept, the poetic aspect of Sweeping-Tom is nothing but the humanisation of the machine for reasons of acceptance. Nonetheless, its technical processes also allow for communicative capabilities, for example when pedestrians are able to alert it to particularly dangerous spots or Sweeping-Tom seals of its own accord.