Presenting a mixture of Heath Robinson-esque contraptions and high-tech interactive works, the Kinetica Art Fair returns to London this weekend, celebrating artists who create works using light, sound, robotics and electronics…
Clichés aside, the fair really is fun for all the family, with audiences invited to interact with most of the artworks on display. Among the treats in store this year is the opportunity to have your portrait drawn by Patrick Tresset’s creation, Paul the Robot (the film below shows Paul in action), or be served a glass of water by the Tropism Well, which reacts automatically to your presence.
Paul the Robot, by Patrick Tresset, creating a portrait
The Tropism Well by Poietic Studio, still image and film
At the high-tech end of things, there is a beautiful series of hypnotic spinning light displays by Leif Maginnis (still of one shown top), that you can speed up or slow down by twiddling a knob on the screens, and new lightworks by Hans Kotter. Elsewhere, a large sculptural work by Daan Roosegarde lights up and makes sounds as you stand beneath it.
By Hans Kotter
Liquid Space 6.0 by Daan Roosegarde
A number of works employ more ordinary, everyday items, though with equally impressive effect. Alexander Berchert creates artworks from bike wheels, plastic tubes and even the humble vacuum cleaner, all of which visitors are invited to play with. A film below shows one of the works in action. Also utilising a vacuum cleaner is Sophie Cullinan, whose large patchwork doll stands up or deflates depending on the interaction of the viewer.
Still of Water Wheel and film of Hoover Tubes by Alexander Berchert
By Sophie Cullinan
Tim Lewis’ animatronic works are somewhat more sinister: his stand is filled with warped versions of ostriches and chickens which strut about purposefully, while a half-formed, cloven-hoofed figure glides by. Over on Christian Blom’s stand, the atmosphere is lighter, and visitors are invited to interact with his complex, kinetic music machine, which plays a different tune each time it’s activated.
Pony by Tim Lewis
al Khowarizmis Mekaniske Orkester, by Christian Blom
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s on show at the fair, which also includes a series of talks and performances that will take place over the weekend. It is on until Sunday at Ambika P3 space in Marylebone, London – I strongly recommend a visit. More info is at kinetica-artfair.com.
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