Prix Cube 2016: Michael Candy

Reference center for digital creation in France, Le Cube continues with this 3rd edition of the Prix Cube (International Digital Art Prize for Emerging Artists) to promote and support emerging artists and innovative practices in today’s art. This international award for young designers in digital art distinguishes a digital artwork under 2 years performed by artists under 36 years in the fields of interactivity, generativity, network, the Internet or mobility.

A selection committee met to choose the six works nominated for the Prix Cube 2016. The 6 shortlisted artworks will be exhibited during the Prix Cube from 13 to 17 April 2016 in the exceptional setting of the Espace Saint-Sauveur, a desacralized 19th century chapel in Issy-les-Moulineaux A jury of personalities from the cultural, institutional and media finally nominate the winner of the 2016 Cube at the official evening awards ceremony, Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

Digitalarti Media, partner of the Prix Cube 2016 has meet the nominated digital artists. After introducing Barthélemy Antoine-Loeff and Lukas Truniger, let's continue our roundtable with the australian Michael Candy and its cinetic installation Big Dipper.

MICHAEL CANDY
Big Dipper

Michael Candy’s creations form a strange bestiary: an animated object, a mechanical doll, a metallic plant, and even a palisade moving up and down…! And especially a multiplicity of small robots and playful devices that hoist, slither, coil up or uncoil their extensions. Michael Candy is a low-tech genius; he multiplies findings, combining discarded materials (plastic bottles, etc.) and misappropriated objects with simple elements and wheels generated by 3D printers. Some of his productions are understated, while others are more exuberant, with lots of lights, throbbing, flames and smoke. DIY-oriented and in the spirit of fab lab, Michael Candy shares the data for his creations on open source.


Réalisations and tests 

Some of his creations demonstrate contrasts between distant universes that in principle have no common denominator such as the ecosystem simulated between goldfish and parched party goers (Shower Party)… or the environmental installation MOS (Mountain Operated Synth), produced in partnership with Pia Van Gelder and Andreas Siagian, that reacts to the vibrations from a volcano. This transversal approach is apparent in Big Dipper, a kinetic installation earning Michael Candy a nomination for the Prix Cube 2016 (International Digital Art Prize for Emerging Artists). This is a mechanical construction that looks like a huge illuminated centipede. Like in his other works that employ the concepts of animal biology applied to robotics, Big Dipper is based on a central system with branches that act like a real backbone around which white neon lights are organised moving about with slow repetitive movements.

Prototyped in Kochi, India, Big Dipper transfigures a simple mechanical infrastructure into an entity full of light and life, whose movement is modelled on two physical phenomenon: the DNA helix structure and radiation waves. 

    
   

It’s clear that Michael Candy fails to fully identify with the category "digital artist". As he points out, his practice takes more after physical sciences and mechanics, even if some of his creations also use digital applications. This is also due to his initial training as Michael Randy studied fine art and industrial design in Brisbane, Australia where he lives, and has been interested in robotics from a very young age. At the end of the year, he will go to Nepal at the invitation of the RAN (Robotics Association of Nepal) to work on a series of projects aiming to explore and reconcile man’s spirituality with machines.

Lityin Malaw

VIDEO:


Big Dipper


Shower Party


Mountain Operated Synth (MOS), 2013

 

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Discover others portraits of the nominated artists

Lukas Truniger (Switzerland)  
Déjà entendu / an opera automaton | Light and sound installation

 

Barthélemy Antoine-Loeff (France)  
LJÓS | Audiovisual and generative Installation

Saša Spacal, Mirjan Svagelj, Anil Podgornik (Slovenia)
Myconnect | Interactive installation

VERENA FRIEDRICH (Germany)
The Long Now | Installation

I & C (IRIS & CEDAR) (China)
Surveillance | real time installation


 

                               
NOMINATED ARTISTS

BARTHÉLEMY ANTOINE-LŒFF / Ljós
MICHAEL CANDY / Big Dipper
LUKAS TRUNIGER / Déjà entendu I An opera automaton
SAŠA SPACAL, MIRJAN ŠVAGELJ, ANIL PODGORNIK / Myconnect
IRIS AND CEDAR / Surveillance
VERENA FRIEDRICH / The long now

EVENTS

From 13 au 17 april 12h/20h
THE EXHIBITION
Free

12 april 19h/22h
SOIRÉE DE REMISE DE PRIX
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13 april 19h/21h
 "DATE THE ARTISTS"
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14 & 15 april 14h/21h
FESTIVAL DES RENDEZ-VOUS DU FUTUR
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16 & 17 april 18h
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13 april 10h/12h
CAFÉ TABLETTE
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13, 16 and 17 april 14h and 16h
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6 & 17 avril 12h30, 14h30, 16h30 & 18h30
GUIDED TOURS FOR ALL
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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

ESPACE SAINT-SAUVEUR 4 parvis Corentin Celton
Issy-les-Moulineaux
 Métro Line 12 – Corentin Celton / Vélib’ 21311

 

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