Kinetica Art Fair
Life-sized galloping horses constructed from light, a kinetic tree and 1960s op art are among the strange, inventive and decidedly futuristic offerings at this year’s Kinetica Art Fair.
Now in its fifth year, the fair showcases a dazzling range of robotic, sound, light, time-based and new media art.
This year’s event, which takes on the theme Perception and Reality, boasts work from more than 45 international arts organisations and galleries, and includes an exhibition, daily programme of talks, presentations and performances.
As well as the horse made from light, created by Remi Brun, French artist Laurent Debraux’s kinetic tree and Italian kinetic artist Alberto Biasi’s 1960s op-art works, other highlights include kinetic sound works from Alex Allmont, holographic works by Budapest-based Andras Mengyan and installations of kinetic jewellery from Jenny Lee, Myia Bonner and Mark Bloomfield.
This year also sees a special area dedicated to eight established artists recognized as being at the forefront of kinetic art. Among the artists are Christiaan Zwanniken, who creates some intriguing techno-animalistic figures, tailored to activate and move in response to the viewer and each other. Kinetica describes them as like ‘interactive Wunderkammers, new configurations of shrieking, clapping, ticking curiosities generated by machinery’, which sounds rather brilliant – if slightly terrifying.
Brooklyn-based ‘low tech’ artist Gregory Barsamian will also be showing his work, which he describes as ‘Industrial Revolution-style.’ His art examines dream-like states, challenging the boundaries between perception and reality, according to Kinetica.
Kinetica Art Fair runs from 28 February – 3 March at Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Rd, London, NW1