Wednesday 1 February – Wednesday 12 September 2012
Dawn – 12 midnight
Cymatics by Suguru Goto
Produced by Action Sharing
Saturday 7 January – Sunday 19 February 2012
Daily 12 noon – 9 pm, Free
Cymatics is a kinetic sound sculpture that expresses the artist’s vision of nature through a series of symbolic elements that are used harmoniously in a technological context.
Cymatics creates real spaces that are metaphysical and spiritual at the same time. A place where art is a bridge between the material and the spiritual, between technology and nature, and between the humanities and science. The result is a harmonic vision of the elements of nature, demonstrating the morphogenic effect of sound waves (cymatics).
The creative process involved building a synergy between music to be seen and images to be heard, so as to create a sensorial performance for the complexity of human perception.
Goto’s works have been performed at major festivals. In 1998, he was invited to perform at Sonar, Barcelona; in 2003, he gave a concert at the Pompidou Centre, in Paris; in 2011 performed at Share Festival and in 2009 his ’Robotic Music’ was shown at the 53rd Venice Biennale in Italy.
Cymatics is the second project to be produced by Action Sharing, an initiative proudly sponsored by the Torino Chamber of Commerce.
Action Sharing is designed to create a platform for syncretic research, encouraging the convergence of art, innovation and science. Based in Turin (IT) and directed by Simona Lodi and Chiara Garibaldi, Action Sharing is the only project of its kind in Europe to give artists a team of robotics engineers, with specific high-level expertise, to produce works of visual art.
Cymatics is exhibited at Watermans as part of the International Festival of Digital Art 2012 with support from The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and The Japan Foundation
Sunday 22 January – Sunday 19 February 2012
“The revolting object exerts a certain ‘macabre attraction’ over the subject, leading to a peculiar absorption in the object and lending a magnetism to this aversion.” Kolonai, Aurel
The power of disgust affects us in every aspect of our life. Disgust shocks, entertains, and sears itself into memory. By introducing the aesthetics of disgust as a tool for design, one can intensify the user and object relationship through creating paradoxal emotions, going beyond practicality and functionality.
These eccentric light switches explore disgust and its possible transitions in the technological age. The exhibit consists of multiple designs of an everyday object, each based on a different approach to disgust, and to examine the provoked reactions. Every time a switch is pressed, a virtual light-bulb on a screen is lighting up as a feedback for the test-person. Through its simplicity and its everyday occurrence, the interaction with a switch has been marginalised into subconscious behaviour. But what if your interaction has consequences.
One of the switches has hairs that become erect when a finger approaches. Another secretes goo, one is made of fingernails and another of chewing gum. The most playful creation refuses to be
switched at all and hides when a finger approaches. The switches are monitored by an Arduino circuit board which records which was pressed, when and for how long.
One of the purposes of the work is to show that people are indeed both repelled and fascinated by the disgusting transformation of the switches.
Katrin Baumgarten holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and an MSc from Imperial College London. Her projects revolve around human-technology interaction and explore future possibilities within technology and art. She loves to see the magic that appears when an inanimate object suddenly starts to move and respond to external stimuli in ways normally attributed to humans. Katrin is freelancing for interactive design consultancies at the moment, as well as developing her own practice. http://katrinbaumgarten.de/
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