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From Switzerland to Mexico, Spain to Japan by way of Greece or Germany, Digitalarti Media comes back on 10 digital art events our editors have covered in 2015 and 2016. Thank you to all the partner festivals for your trust.  MAPPPING FESTIVAL & ELECTRON FESTIVAL - GENEVA ...

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EXIT 2013, Artificial Natures

Each year, the EXIT Festival explores main contemporary topics, like paranoïa or low-tech. This year, the Artificial Natures exhibition takes over the Maison des Arts de Créteil, from April 4th to 14th. The program is thick, which matches the show and exhibition rooms. Here is a short-list of artworks we picked up among the twenty planned installations. ...

Arabesque

Director: Peter William Holden.

mechanical kaleidoscope
Composite Plastic, Steel, Industrial Computer, Compressed Air Components

4.5m x 4.5m x 1.5m

 

In my recent work I have concerned myself not only with the sculpting of three dimensions but also with a fourth: the dimension of time. I have attempted to create work that falls somewhere between conventional notions of pictorial art and performance. “Arabesque” is the natural continuation of this exploration – a real time animation.

With its roots in Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” and the alchemist’s laboratory, the installation presents itself as a mechanical flower: a simulacrum of nature. Life sized human body parts, impaled upon steel, move and sway and dance. The limbs, translucent and livid, bare their internal robotic mechanisms to the gaze of the viewer. The wiring itself is an aesthetic expression deliberately integrated into the installation to bring chaotic lines of abstract form to contrast with the organized symmetry of the body parts.

 The lifeblood of this organism is air and when activated this air flows invisibly, bestowing movement to these mechanisms and its presence is only betrayed when exhaled loudly from the valves attached to the serpentine air hose. This combined with the rattle of relays and the tandem clattering of pistons to produce a hyper-modern accompaniment to the music of Strauss.

Part cinema, part theatre, “Arabesque” can be viewed form a multitude of angles, revealing a kaleidoscope of beautiful shapes and patterns created from the human form.

 


 

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