Doubt

[video src=https://vimeo.com/161752738]In Doubt, artist Carsten Höller challenges our perceptions of reality through coded sequences of light and spatio-temporal illusions. His goal was to blur the lines between spectator and performer within a work of art, while instilling a deep feeling of doubt inside us. The installation begins as a single hallway of light, which subsequently divides itself into two paths, each of which is individually illuminated by either yellow or green lights. Once a spectator chooses a path, they are presented with a multi-level maze of sorts, which combines different sequences of light projection with moments of darkness to challenge our perceptual framework.

All Things Fall

[video src=https://vimeo.com/125791075 height:200 align: right ]All Things Fall by Mat Collishaw and Sebastian Burton was first presented in 2014 during a solo exhibition titled “Black Mirror” at Galleria Borghese held in Rome [3]. The piece is powered by an electric motor and lit by numerous led lights placed all around the figurines which flash in repetition creating the illusion of motion. The zoetrope was originally designed in three dimensions. Each model figure was 3D printed at Sicnova 3D, a Spanish company specializing in 3D printing. The material used is not your average plastic found in most conventional 3D printers. Each of the figures are made from an ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) material, which is a specialized hard plastic used for the prototype printer that created all of the individual components of the piece.

Route One

[video src=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G54tllj-SKI&t=6946s] Icelandic avant-rock band, Sigur Rós created Route One in 2016. This 24 hour long, TV production was intended to be broadcast live on BBC4 as well as Youtube.com. The band created this television event to accompany the release of their then newly released single, ‘óveður’. In this live-streamed youtube production, the band travels on the longest day of summer in Iceland, traversing Route One, a road spanning around the entirety of Iceland’s 1332km Ring Road.

Force of Nature

tumblr_nock79w2XF1qav3uso2_r1_540.gif?zoIn April 2015, Nike released its revolutionary kinetic digital art project, Force of Nature, for the Nike Innovation Summit at Truman Brewery in London. The work was created in collaboration with Field, a London-based design studio. By stepping onto a treadmill and beginning to create movement, the participating runner is presented with a fluctuating shower of stunning, multicolored sparks, similar to an energy “mirror” of themselves, created by the movement put forth by him or her on the treadmill. The flux of lights is meant to imitate the runner’s motion and turn the human body into a digital art piece. [1]. The work recalls earlier artworks, including Nancy Paterson's Bicycle TV (1989) and Jeffery Shaw's Legible City (1989-91), both of which used a bicycle as the interface by which the user's activity generates an animated video environment.

The Clock

Ironically it took the passing of several years for Christian Marclay’s montage The Clock  (2011) to come together. The twenty-four hour long cinematic timepiece is a carefully assembled series of film clips centered on the subject of time, and all the while in synch to real time. [1] One may ask, “What makes Marclay’s montage […]

Nocturnal Flow

Erwin Redl’s large-scale light installation Nocturnal Flow presents itself as a sea of LEDs stretching from floor to ceiling of the University of Washington’s Allen Center. Composed of over 10,000 individual light units whose intensity varies through time, the grid-like work serves both to emphasize the verticality of the space in which it is housed, but also to accommodate a natural motion birthed from sterility. The use of environmentally-reponsive sensors also imbues the work with a streak of subjectivity, as it can be perceived in contrasting ways depending not only on angle of view, but also time of day or year.

A Sound Garden

[video src=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aGUPZc53cQ height: 180 align: right] A Sound Garden, by Douglas Hollis, is an "aeolean" sound sculpture comprised of 12 tower-like structures. An aeolean instrument is one that wind-driven, a reference to Aeolus, the Greek god of wind. The structures contain pipes that generate a wide variety of sounds, depending on wind speed and direction [2]. As this area is subject to frequent winds of varying intensity, A Sound Garden the visitor will almost always hear it in action and may be treated to a dynamic wind-driven concert as the sounds respond to changes in the winds. A Sound Garden is also notable as the inspiration for the eponymous Seattle grunge band, Soundgarden.

Times Square

Amidst the busy crowds and bustling traffic, people walking in New York Times Square can easily become lost in the various sounds. But if someone truly and intently listens, he or she can hear the unique art of sound sculptor Max Neuhaus, who specializes in sound technology works, including "Sound Figure" that he made in […]

Cory’s Yellow Chair

Cory’s Yellow Chair is a kinetic sculpture by Arthur Ganson that assembles, disassembles, and reconstructs a small, four-and-a-half-inch tall yellow chair indefinitely.  Ganson says he got inspiration for this piece when his “son’s little yellow chair explode with infinite speed, travel to the far reaches of the universe and slowly come to complete stillness. Then, […]

Sonic Water

“Sonic Water,” by artists Sven Meyer and Kim Pörksen, is an interactive cymatic installation that explores the visualization of sound though water. The audience can walk up to a container of water, which is set atop speakers, and introduce their own input sound: voice, a song recording, or another sound source. The result of these sound vibrations is unique patterns in the water that are photographed from above. This exhibit is an interesting example of how feedback can create and alter a physical medium to visualize something so invisible as sound.

Machine with Concrete

Arthur Ganson's Machine with Concrete stands out because it breaks the unwritten creed of machines. Almost all machines we build are created to make things go faster. In factories, machines build products with precision much faster than human workers could. In our pockets, our cell phones convey messages from person to person over vast distances in […]

Text Rain

Text rain is an interactive piece of art that allows viewers to manipulate the motion of letters that emulate rain falling from the sky. Users have their image displayed on a screen in front of them as the letters begin to fall down the screen. Once the letters reach a certain darkness threshold, they stop […]

Future Self

View a video of the Opening Night performance here: https://vimeo.com/44089097 Future Self is an interactive light and sound installation that mimics human movement. The piece consists of hundreds of draped strands of LED lights that are suspended in the middle of a studio room in the formation of a rectangular prism. The structure remains […]

Suicide Machine Sand

Suicide Machine Sand is a work from artist Thijs Rijkers which explores the concept of self destruction in in a maner that is both thought provoking and highly unsettling. Its function is to slowly tilt a small plate on which rests a pile of sand. The sand pours into its own gearbox, wearing down and […]

“Remagine” by Olafur Elisson

(Source: MoMA)   Created by Olafur Eliasson, “Remagine” has been featured in various exhibitions by the artist. It was first displayed at the Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France in 2002, then in “Take your time” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2007, and finally in an […]

Leo Villareal’s – Bay Lights

          Next time you plan a road trip to San Fran, don’t be alarmed when crossing the Bay Bridge around 8:30 PM from now until 2015.  Standing 500 feet high and stretching over a mile and a half long, The Bay Lights installation is bound to surprise and grasp the attention […]

METRO Re/De-construction

METRO Re/De-Construction is a 6 minute video compilation of a series of 3D rendered scenes from a trip along the Denver Light Rail. Artist Chris Coleman created this thought provoking animation by bringing a handheld 3D scanner onto the train he takes to work every morning. He scanned the inside of the light rail cars […]

Nocturnal Flow

"Nocturnal Flow" is an installation created by artist Erwin Redl, who has done a number of similar pieces around the world involving LED lights. [1] Nocturnal Flow is housed in the atrium of the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen Center and consists of a grid of 17,400 LED lights, which cover the 85-foot brick […]

The LED Kimono Project

SFEMF-BIRGHT-620x413.jpgMiya Masaoka's LED Kimono Project is an installation based, performance piece in which 444 hand-sewn LED light sensors respond to musical and physical conditions. The artist's website, http://www.ledkimono.com/ describes how the instrument/garment is used and offers insights to her mission: "The LED Kimono Project represents an extension of and an expansion upon the large body of work that I have developed in the last decade addressing interactivity with insects, plants, and the human brain."

The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths

Bruce Nauman’s neon sign asks a multitude of questions with regard to the 
ways in which the 20th century conceived both avant-garde art and the role of the 
artist in society. If earlier European modernists, such as Mondrian, 
Malevich, and Kandinsky, sought to use art 
to reveal deep-seated truths about the human condition and the […]

Permutations

This is a STUB article please make edits and adjustments as suggested on Wikipedia to make it more robust.  Thanks! Permutations   Computers in the 1960s were too slow to generate complex images in real time, however, so Whitney instead used the computer to output frames of animation to film. In animations like […]

Telesculptures

This is a STUB article please make edits and adjustments as suggested on Wikipedia to make it more robust.  Thanks! Telesculptures Vassilakis Takis   TAKIS (VASSILAKIS) was born in 1925 in Athens. Preferring, as a matter of principle, to teach himself rather study in an institution, he left Greece in 1954 and […]

CYSP I

This is a STUB article please make edits and adjustments as suggested on Wikipedia to make it more robust.  Thanks! Nicolas Schoffer The artwork is a cybernetics and space dynamics construction. Its movement is completely autonomous. It has an electronic brain, developed by SA Philips. The 16 polychrome composing plates, driven by small motors,  […]

Model for Kinetic Light Sculpture

This is a STUB article please make edits and adjustments as suggested on Wikipedia to make it more robust.  Thanks! See more of his work on Art and Electronic Media Online : http://www.artelectronicmedia.com/artwork/torsos-of-men-and-women   Pešánek was using neon light and creating imaginative kinetic and light sculptures at the time. The optimism of the Czechoslovak […]

Light Prop

This is a STUB article please make edits and adjustments as suggested on Wikipedia to make it more robust.  Thanks! Also called Light Prop for an Electric Stage, this kinetic sculpture that László Moholy-Nagy designed and photographed was intended to create light displays for theater, dance, or other performance spaces. With its gleaming glass and […]

Rotary Glass Plates

This is a STUB article  please make edits and adjustments as suggested on Wikipedia to make it more robust.  Thanks!       In January 1920, Duchamp made (again) an optical experiment with the assistance of Man Ray. Making us of the fact that the eye retains an image for a […]

Well of Lights

This article is a STUB please make edits and adjustments as suggested on Wikipedia to make it more robust.  Thanks! Toshio Iwai is a Japanese interactive media and installation artist who has also created a number of commercial video games. In addition he has worked in television, music performance, museum design and digital musical […]

“Wooden Mirror” by Daniel Rozin

Daniel Rozin has produced several artworks that function as mirrors but use materials that are seemingly non-reflective.:  trash, cork, metal, and paper.  Arguably his most awe-inspiring piece is the Wooden Mirror.  When asked to describe this piece, Rozin replied, "Built in 1999, this is the first mechanical mirror I built. This piece explores the line […]

“The Mandelbrot Set” Benoit Mandelbrot

The Mandelbrot Set by Benoit Mandelbrot is a fractal that employs the simple equation “z = z *z + c”.  This equation basically controls a feedback loop.  “The equation is calculated dozens, or even millions of times for each pixel. Each time through the loop, the result of one calculation is used as the input […]

Tribute in Light

“More recently, light has been used as an artistic medium to illuminate a metaphorical passage between the earth and the heavens.” [1] Tribute in Light is not only beautiful aesthetically, but also beautiful in content as it paid a tribute to the victims of 9/11. The NY Daily News describes the work: “The […]

Clock for 300 Thousand years

Clock for 300 Thousand years, by Tatsuo Miyajima, is a work of reflecting the Buddhist notion of time. (AEM p 73). His philosophical ideas are created by his concepts of ‘keep changing’ , ‘connect with everything’ , and ‘continue forever’.  In his yearning to understand time, Miyajima states, “Eternity consists of its vigor, which keeps […]

Allvision

A better article on Allvision is here Allvision – Marita Steina (1976) Before inventing Allvision, Marita Steina studied art and music in Prague, Czechoslovakia. As she was studying these various art forms, she met her husband, Woody, who was very skilled in videography and electronic connectivity. Around 1975, Marita became extremely fascinated with technology of […]

Joseph Kosuth’s Five Words

Five Words in Blue Neon by Joseph Kosuth FIVE WORDS IN BLUE NEON (above image) is the exact description of what this work displays. This glorious, florescent glow of blue neon spelling the simple phrase “FIVE WORDS IN BLUE NEON” contains a particular aura in what this work portrays.[1] With the work displayed […]

Heart Beats Dust

Jean Dupuy really begins to take advantage of and enhance our perception of the world around us. Dupuy does this by transducing one sense into another, allowing the viewer to experience that sense in a different way than ever before. For example, the work Heart Beats Dust, exhibited in "The Machine" in 1968, takes an organic process […]

Mappings

0ablackwhit3f9959f966.jpgBalint Bolygo’s Mappings is a 2005 kinetic sculpture which utilizes the core aspects of the Bolygo’s ethos as an artist. In the sculpture/installation two pens rigged to outlying pendulums transcribe the motions taken by the pendulums onto a rotating sphere, or blank globe. Viewers can interact with the pendulums, pushing them to behave more erratically, or calming them to induce smoother lines. The resulting process essentially becomes the earth mapping its own forces onto a replica of itself, a truly interesting portrayal of mapmaking that encourages the viewer to consider the mass our planet, whose gravitational pull directs the motion of the pendulum and creates the drawings.

Trace

[video src=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3XWQzz_JWs align: left height: 200]Bolygo’s take on the self portrait, Trace, is a 2008 sculptural device by the artist, which connects conventional ideas of sculpture, especially of the human form, to contemporary notions of topography and transcription. The piece involves a rotating cast of the artist's head traversed by an extension of a complex but completely mechanical device, which records depth onto a circular piece of paper rotating at the same rate as the head. The artist's own head is then transformed into a compelling topographical map of itself under rotation. The resulting image is noticeably a head, but a heavily distorted one, appearing almost like an image from a spirograph, an evolving concentric diagram of recorded depth.

The Tristan Project

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“33 Questions per Minute”

2010, Manchester Art Gallery, UK

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer:

Born 1967 in Mexico City, B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from
Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.