This weekend wrapped up 2010’s Kinetica Art Fair and it really was quite a show with an impressive and eclectic range of robotic sculptures, serene light shows and digital art works on display. Kinetica is the UK’s only art fair dedicated to the visual and interactive medium of kinetic electronic art and hosts artists from all over the world.
The show took place at Marylebone’s converted car park galley, P3, where upon arrival we were greeted by a huge clanging truck, adorned with wheels, pullies, ropes and pipes that churned and turned like a perfectly crafted living rubbish dump! This impressive preview piece was just for starters and was a mere taster of the 150 plus artists works which were exhibited across the whole show.
Several pieces caught my eye in particular, most notably, Liquid Athletes (pictured below), a light projection, water and audio installation piece by a group of New Media Art and Design students at Thames Valley University; Ryan Best, Immo Blaese, Sally Butterfield, Panos Diamondis, Nimra Javaid and Marcin Wysocki. The piece was inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games and combines projections of light with droplets of water which ripple outwards in the manifestation of a perpetually moving image of the iconic symbol of the Olympic rings.
I was also particularly mesmerized by a piece entitled Trace Yorself by Balint Bolygo (pictured below), (IMAGE_03) in which a revolving plaster cast of a person’s head is slowly deconstructed into a mathematical diagram. Although this is by no means a new concept in kinetic art the smooth operation of the machine as it spiraled repeatedly to create a really quite beautiful graphic image was totally hypnotising.
The fair was bustling with enthusiastic visitors, all of whom were buzzing with the fun of the fair. The show offered a genuine good time to all unveiling the fun side of art whilst also offering a unique opportunity to view and purchase artworks from leading contemporary arts organisations and artists specialising in kinetic, electronic, robotic, light, and sound art.