I went to Kinetica Art Fair 09 and I saw…

I spent most of last weekend underground in Westminster University’s vast, subterranean, industrial P3 exhibition space – at the Kinetica Art Fair.

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“Carnivorous art, man-animal-machine hybrids, mechanical drawing machines, subliminal installations, pole dancing robots, light sculptures and cybernetics are just some of the exhibits to be found at Kinetica Art Fair, the UK’s first art fair dedicated to kinetic, robotic, sound, light and time-based art which opens in London on Friday 27 February.”

More than 25 galleries and organisations specialising in kinetic, electronic and new media art are taking part with over 150 exhibiting artists. The Fair will be like no other with living, moving, speaking and performing art. The Fair provides unparalleled opportunities for the public and collectors alike to view and buy work from this thriving international movement and to participate in the programme of talks, workshops and performances.

Kinetica Art Fair is developed by Kinetica Museum in partnership with P3 and supported by the Contemporary Art Society.”

It was an ambitious, almost foolhardy undertaking – but I think Kinetica pulled off a great show with many interesting and enjoyable contributions.

Here are a few of my personal favourites – and perhaps surprisingly it was the more modest, less complex kinetic and light pieces which appealed to me most – and which actually gave me the most inspiration.

Peter Sedgley – SPIN

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Absolutely mesmerising…

Tom WilkinsonLight Wave

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Forever undulating liquid glass…

Artemis Papageorgiou – WII/ND CHIME

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Perfectly creative use for a Wii controller

Ivan BlackOrange Rectangles Series Kinetic Sculptures

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Such basic shapes producing such complex geometries…

Ivan Black – Turbine

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Reminded me so of the openprocessing.org sketch Whitney Rose by Jim Bumgardner (KrazyDad) – an animation inspired by ideas presented in John Whitney’s 1980 book, “Digital Harmony”.

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