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Kinetica Art Fair 2010

Kinetica Art Fair
So last night I went to the opening of the Kinetica Art Fair, in the P3 gallery space London. Its never really a good idea to go to an opening night if you want to appreciate the work, as its always too crowded, but I’ll do my best. The show is on until 7th Feb and I do recommend you go and see this.

You can see my photos here. There are much nicer pics on the Telegraph site, also a video from the BBC.

Remember is that this is an art buyers fair, and nearly all of the work is for sale. This means that it is less of a curated exhibition, with a combination of artists selected by Kinetica and artists that have paid for their booth. Personally I’d prefer to see a yearly curated Kinetica exhibition, with less work and more focus on quality, but in todays economic climate that’s not so easy. That said, the majority of work is good & the show is definitely worth a visit.

There are themes that run through the show, with machines that draw things on paper, moving light patterns and persistence of vision, mechanical moving devices and digital works using LEDs & lcd screens. Like last year, Kinetica have combined the masters (works from 1920 through the 60s) along side more recent projects. I often prefer the more analogue moving objects and devices as they have a certain magic about them. The interactive pieces tended to have quite a shallow feedback loop, with sensors triggering video clips or sounds & not really adding that much to the experience, so perhaps they would have worked just as well without this.

So some works that stood out for me…

Bálint Bolygó
My favourite piece was Trace by Balint Bolygo, “A revolving plaster cast of the artist’s head is slowly deconstructed into a mathematical diagram that changes as time passes”. As the head rotates, the arm presses into the curves & shapes, mechanically moving a pen that is drawing a topographic image of the head.

Roseline de Thelin
Probably 2nd in my list would be these sculptures by Roseline de Thelin. Using only fibre optic cables, she has created these haunting figures, like ghosts in suspended animation. They don’t move unfortunately, but one could see how they could move slowly using a tight led mesh, but there is something nice about the approach taken in this piece & the way they are presented.

Then in no particular order…

Cinimod Studio
There are a couple of pieces using small LCD screens and in Flutter Cinimod Studio use them to demonstrate a butterfly in flight. Mounted against a mirror you get a reflection making them whole and having a line of screens gives it a sort of zoetrope or sort of onion skinning effect. The videos are controlled by overhead thermal cameras, but like many of the interactive pieces there its a feature that perhaps isn’t needed.

ocean of light
3d led matrix arrays have been done many times before, but squidsoup have created ocean of light that is quite a calming experience, feeling like the light shapes that move around within have volume to them. Watch video here.


And finally Revolver by Vincent Leclerc.

I’d be interested to hear what you think of the show & which works you like. Feel free to post a comment.

Kinetica Art Fair

Kinetica Art Fair

This Friday 27th is the opening of the Kinetica Art Fair in London until Monday 2nd March.

“The Kinetica Art Fair will provide collectors, curators, museums and the public with a unique opportunity to view and purchase artworks from leading international galleries, artist’s collectives, curatorial groups and organisations specialising in kinetic, electronic and new media art.”

There are many great artists and companies, as well as talks/workshops.

Cinimod Studio and I were invited to show Beacon, so come say hello if you will be there.

Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

[update] Here is a video by Gaz Cobain showing some of the works. Show open until 5th May 2007.

I’ve been a regular visitor to the Kinetica Museum in London since it’s opening. One of the things I always really liked were the automata donation boxes. For this reason I attended the Cabaret Mechnical Theatre workshop that gave an insight into the processes using cardboard prototyping (some photos).

Last night was the opening of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre’s first-ever major retrospective show, which includes over 80 automata and a number of previously unseen works from CMT’s illustrious The Ride of Life. Here are my photos.

I can safely say that this one of the most beautiful, playful and magical exhibitions I’ve been to for a long time. My photos don’t do it justice, you need to go and see them moving in real life. It has a real feeling of British crazy backyard inventor to it, mixed with detailed tiny models to large scale automata. It was surprised by many of the works, narratives that formed over time rather than simply looping playback. I can’t recommend this exhibition enough.

Artists include Ron Fuller, Arthur Ganson, Tim Hunkin, Will Jackson, Pierre Mayer, Keith Newstead, Paul Spooner and Carlos Zapata. Read about CMT and the history of how it was started.

From the site:
The Ride of Life, developed as a satire of British culture, was a large-scale project commissioned in the late 1980’s by the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield. Designed and created by the top British automatists of the time, it was to become a huge automated theme park and ride covering a colossal 25,000 sq ft area of the shopping centre and was set to become a landmark in the history of automata. However what started as a wonderful dream in the booming 80’s had a very rude awakening with the recession of the 90’s and after 3 years of work, the project was suddenly axed. Stored in sheds and warehouses for the past twenty years, many of the sets were tragically destroyed through vandalism and theft. CMT have initiated the restoration of the surviving scenes with some of the artists originally involved, enabling segments of The Ride of Life and the only complete surviving scene to be shown publicly for the first time.

If you are interested in automata, why not attend a workshop, attend artist talks, buy instruction books or kits. I’d love to see a lot more of this kind of work coming back.

More from Kinetica Museum.
Photos of this exhibition.

Luminaries and Visionaries

Luminaries and Visionaries

Yesterday I went to the Luminaries and Visionaries exhibition at Kinetica Museum in London, open until 11th March. Here are my photos.

Of the work on display, my favorite was the 3d zoetrope by Gregory Barsamian, and the Ambiguous Icons led works of Jim Campbell. Artists also include Sam Buxton, Rob & Nick Carter, Dianne Harris (although sadly not the piece ‘Woman with burning vision‘), rAndom International, Martin Richman, Christian Schiess and Peter Sedgley.

Here is the schedule of artist talks (from the site):
24th Jan – Martin Richman
31st Jan – Jason Bruges
07th Feb – Joe Banks
14th Feb – rAndom International
21st Feb – United Visual Artists
28th Feb – Peter Sedgley
07th Mar – Sam Buxton
21st Mar – Ray Lee