Robotic, sound and solar sculptures, mechanical writing machines, laser and subliminal installations are just some of the incredible exhibits at Kinetica Art Fair
, the worlds first art fair dedicated to kinetic, robotic, sound, light and time-based art.
Over 30 galleries and organisations specialising in kinetic, electronic & new media art are taking part with more than 150 artists exhibiting, providing unparalleled opportunities to view and buy work in this thriving international field and participate in the programme of talks, workshops and performances.
Kinetic art is art that has a life of it's own. Pioneered by world famous artists such as Maholy Nagy, Jean Tinguely, Marcel Duchamp and Alexander Calder during the early 1900s, modern contemporary kinetic and electronic artworks utilise and warp technology itself, to explore, nurture and comment on our evolutionary processes and challenge scientific and universal exploration.
Kinetic artists exhibiting at the Fair include:
Tim Lewis creates automated sculptures that blur the boundaries between man and machine. He gives inanimate objects attributes they do not normally possess allowing them to interact with people and the environment around them.
Daniel Chadwick creates mobiles made up of kinetic solar systems, which rotate and revolve as they orbit each other. Sometimes using tiny solar-powered motors to propel the kinetic elements, he also employs light and lasers to illuminate the struggle between two and three dimensionality.
Martin Richman works with light, colour and space in both the private and public realms to explore our experience of the space that we occupy. He has worked on major public projects and collaborative works with architects and engineers through to discrete sculptures that occupy a variety of spaces from whole rooms to the space between two books.
Giles Walker, is a scrap artist, creating work from readily available rubbish and scrap. For Peepshow, his pole dancing robots are powered by 12V motors found in cars (windscreen wiper motors etc) and then controlled through a PC.
Sam Buxtons work continually blurs the lines between art, science and design, he specialises in developing objects that can communicate the delicate relationship between the human body and its environment.
Material Beliefs have created a Carnivorous Lampshade Robot inspired by the pitcher plant, a carnivorous plant that attracts and consumes insects to survive. The insects fall into the plant and are unable to escape. In the same way, this spherical lampshade has multiple holes in its surface which are long funnels going deep into the lamp. Insects are attracted to the light shining out of the holes, enter the lamp and are trapped. Eventually they die and fall into the microbial fuel cell underneath. This generates electricity which is stored and used to power a series of low power ultraviolet LEDs. A light sensor detects when the house lights are turned off and switches on the LEDs, attracting insects throughout the night.
Material Beliefs is a collaboration between designers and scientists/engineers and comprises of Aleksandar Zivanovic, James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau. The project explores an alternative approach to bringing robots into the domestic environment, exploring both the aesthetics and functionality that may elicit a symbiotic coexistence with humans in their homes.
Exhibiting artists included:
Jason Bruges, Balint Bolygo, Tom Wilkinson, Chris Levine, Elias Crespin, Tim Lewis, Sam Buxton, Daniel Chadwick, Ray Lee, Roger Vilder, Adrian Baynes, Kineticus (Bernward Frank), Michael Markert, Martin Richman, Peter Sedgley, Stewart Warren-Hill, Hans Kotter, Giles Walker, Chris O'Shea, Dominic Harris and Ivan Black. Further artists will be announced shortly.
body>data>space, Node London, Laikingland, Shadow Robots, Patrick Heide Gallery, Computer Art Society, Holotronica, Themersons Press, Mute Magazine, Giles Walker, Tim Lewis, Contemporary Art Society, Kinetica Museum, FACT/ Bosch & Simmons, Gallery [DAM] Berlin, Material Beliefs (James Agar/Alex Zivanovic), Jason Bruges Studio, Kinetic Art Organisation and Chris O Shea/ Cinimod Studio.