Baton Rolling on a Series of Curved Surfaces

Akihiro Matsuura and Yuki Yamada
Proceedings of Bridges 2016: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture (2016)
Pages 489–492


We call an instrument that generates geometrically and aesthetically appealing spatio-temporal patterns through actual manipulation a visual instrument. We present a novel visual instrument that uses batons to roll on a series of curved surfaces. We fabricated a prototype of the instrument and confirmed that the batons can be smoothly rolled and manipulated on the surfaces and that the instrument leads to new types of rolling-based play and performances.