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Exhibitor #5: Alexander Berchert

Do ready-made objects have a creative potential?
Starting from this Duchampian question, the work of Alexander Berchert explores the current loss in the knowledge of fixing in our culture, that teaches us to replace a broken item with a shiny new one asap.

Of course, the logic of consumerism is widely known and well investigated, and Berchert’s work, stands no as a mere commentary, but is a creative and proactive contribution. By submitting artworks which are made of new, recycled and restored objects, he chooses to celebrate both their original aesthetic and that of their reconfiguration in a new unity.

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Posted on Wed, 6 Feb 2013
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Exhibitor #4: Anouk Wipprecht

Through her work in the emerging field of fashiontech (fashionable technology), this Dutch artist and designer suggests technology can enhance our sensory perception of wearing clothes, complementing such a primitive human tendency.

Technology seems to represent, therefore, a useful aid to mankind, contrary to the indomitable and rebellious prosthetics that it constituted for Freud. Moreover, the second-skin technology promoted by Wipprecht appears to be conceived as a natural feature of the future body, whilst at the height of Modernism (as well described by art historian Hal Foster in his Prosthetic Gods), technology determined the separation between natural and post-natural bodies.

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Posted on Wed, 6 Feb 2013
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Exhibitor #3: XiaoFei Dyson

For those of you who came to the 2012 Kinetica Art Fair, the aforementioned name will definitely sound familiar. For the newcomers, if it does not ring a bell, the following paragraphs may be of help.

Chinese artist XiaoFei Dyson produces challenges rather than artworks.
Ever felt sceptical about your ability to identify with concept artists? Dyson is sure to help you revise your opinions. Who didn’t love to take things apart as a child?

The main difference is that you have stopped since and he didn’t. Most importantly, you didn’t have a clue on how to fix the disassembled objects back and he did, prior to witnessing their effective functionality.

This process of dismantling and reassembling objects later triggered his artistic ethos, and, whilst investigating the influence that human inventions had on the development of Kinetic Art, he wants to attract his public into an interactive critical dialogue. Curiously stimulating, his sculptures aim to entertain adults and provoke questions to their kids.

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Posted on Wed, 6 Feb 2013
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Exhibitor #2: Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

How many of us understand algorithms?
Engineers, mathematicians, scientists apart; for all the other mere mortals, let’s face it: they are too complicated and we won’t use them in daily life, let alone find them in a concrete form.

Goldsmiths researcher Matthew Plummer-Fernandez offers us a perspective by producing everyday objects distorted by algorithms (i.e. through a mathematical repositioning of their set of coordinates). Created with a customised open source platform, the digital objects are brought to life through the use of a 3D printer with colour resin. If, on the one hand, the digital realm is more and more used to accurately reproduce reality (what the Greeks called mīmēsis), on the other artists like Plummer-Fernandez are showing to what extent it could be also a tool to create new, parallel or distorted realities.

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Posted on Wed, 6 Feb 2013
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Exhibitor #1: Baileybots

Kinetica Art Fair will be open in three weeks, and it is time to merge our highlights on the protagonists of our feature exhibition with insightful entries on our exhibitors.

In times when robotic self-production seems to be advancing rapidly into the reality of the everyday, the art of Marco Kruyt (aka Baileybots) stands out for its contribution to the robotic cause, projecting a futuristic dream into the everyday.

The artistic apparatuses he designs, in fact, are a product of automated metalworking machinery that he conducts himself. Though, strictly speaking, the artist’s intervention is still present, it becomes more and more alienated from the art object. Baileybots’ kinetic works reflect on the human dependence on technology, showing how this unavoidable symbiosis impacts both society and the environment.

Could the repercussions of the Industrial Revolution have infected the human and animal body as a virus? Where will the tensions between organic and mechanical eventually lead us?

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Posted on Wed, 6 Feb 2013
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Featured Artists #3: Chris Levine

Author of what is considered one of the most iconic artistic images of the 21st century (Lightness of Being), a sort of ephemeral counterpart of a Warholian Marilyn, Levine is well known in the kinetic art world for being both an experimenter and ultimate pioneer in the field of light art.

Touching upon issues already highlighted in Barsamian’s art, Levine yearns for the unveiling of an experiential dimension where the onlooker can heighten his sensorial perception, often bombarded and numbed. As a result, the imagery becomes present,reachable, ethereal and concrete all at once. Levine’s fascination with light can be traced back to his younger years, where he was struck by the visual power of a laser beam in the school physics lab and engrossed with a holographic portrait of Dennis Gobor at the Science Museum. These experiences kick-started his fascination in(natural and artificial) light. The core of his poetic is the conception of light as an entity which can constitute the essence of people instead of being a pure phenomenon they can observe.

Based in Northamptonshire, he had a number of solo exhibitions in London; Stillness at the Speed of Light at the Vinyl Factory, 2010 and Lightness of Being at the Truman Brewery, to quote his most renowned shows. Lately he has been preparing for his forthcoming show at The Fine Art Society Contemporary, as well as Kinetica Art Fair, of course. Amongst the most remarkable group shows, we can list; Out Of Focus: Photography at the Saatchi Gallery (London, 2012) and The Queen Art and Image (National Museum, Belfast and Cardiff, National Portrait Gallery, London, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2011-2).

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Posted on Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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Featured Artists #2: Gregory Barsamian

 

 

Following my previous entry, it is now time to reveal another artist featured in Kinetica’s feature show: Gregory Barsamian.

 

Barsamian’s works are based upon the principle of the zoetrope (ancient Chinese-invented device which, through a swift succession of planar images, creates an illusionistic motion). His works aim to explore the quizzical issue of what true reality is, giving mankind’s simplified and filtered perception of things. To what extent our imagination can shift to the realm of truth and how our experience is utterly incoherent if seen from multiple viewpoints is the core of Barsamian’s poetic. His dark rooms with animated sculptures spinning against a synchronized strobe light are a paradigm of what our mind does and requests: it selects the facts to focus upon whilst trying to order them. However what he obtains from them, is amazingly the opposite: dream-like projections of our subconscious, a world which can be only accessed using sensations and emotions as key.

 

Barsamian is a New York-based artist and his solo shows have mainly taken place in the USA. Although he has had many group shows which have spanned from the USA to Europe, from Taiwan (A Sparkling City, Taipei County Arts, Taipei, 2000), to China (From Flash to Pixel, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, 2006), landing recently to Tasmania (Inaugural, David Walsh's Museum of Old & New Art, Hobart, 2011). Furthermore, his creations are part of several museum collections such as the Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, Alabama), San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose, California), the Tempozan Gendaikan Contemporary Museum (Osaka, Japan) and Kinetica Museum, just to mention a few.

 

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Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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Featured Artists #1: Tim Lewis

With Kinetica Art Fair opening in just over a month, it is now time to combine our countdown to this long awaited event with a more in-depth knowledge of the protagonists of our feature exhibition.

The first one is Tim Lewis, who we are now delighted to consider a true habitué of Kinetica, being a constant presence at our fair. For those of you who are newspaper aficionados no, he is not The Observer journalist!

If you share our passion for contemporary art, instead, you will certainly know that he is a high-profile British artist whose works have featured in significant shows like New Contemporaries at the ICA (1982-84), Now for the Future at the Hayward Gallery (1990) and more recently Art Machine – Machine Art at the Museum Tinguely in Basel (2008). Furthermore, his creations are part of several public collections; just to mention the most prominent: the Arts Council of Great Britain, British Airways and the British Council.

His most recent works plunge into a world of mechanical creatures, a dimension not dominated by the classic natural-artificial antonym, but by their absence. Within a realm where there is no such thing as something artificial, because humans are animals encapsulated in the natural, his creatures start an autonomous life in their own rights.

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Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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MAD Museum return to KAF2013

The MAD Museum will again be exhibiting at Kinetica Art Fair 2013. Despite only being open a year, The MAD (Mechanical Art & Design) Museum has already become one of Stratford upon Avon’s most popular attractions. This one-of-a-kind museum showcases Kinetic Art and Automata from pioneering artists all around the world.

For more information click here, see also www.themadmuseum.co.uk


Posted on Thu, 6 Dec 2012
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Giant holographic sculptures!

This image is taken from Stuart Warren-Hill and Ivan Black’s performance of holographic sculptures during Kinetica’s series of events at Village Underground in Shoreditch.

Check out this video for more of the many performances and installations at the event, as well as this blog and review from Creators Project.

Links to more video will be posted here soon.


Posted on Mon, 19 Nov 2012
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