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KINETICA ART FAIRC

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Published on Nov 14, 2012

INTRO

Modern technology has changed the way human brains work and has made a huge impact on people's lives.

In London, the Kinetica Museum has hosted an annual art fair promoting the world of Kinetic art - where technology meets the art.

Spectators are invited to the art fair to interact with some of the artwork this October.

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These robot flowers respond to light and darkness just like the real thing.

As your hand passes the light sensors the petals unfurl, just as they would open to face the morning sun.

This interactive piece is called Adaptive Bloom by kinetic artist Justin Godyer.

He created the work as a speculative stage set, imagining a pair of dancers creating a dreamlike interplay with the mechanical flowers.

Diane Harris from the Kinetica Museum demonstrates the piece.

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) DIANE HARRIS, Kinetica Museum
"So Justin Godyer's Adaptive Bloom is an interactive work and it sets flowers in motion, so you are almost like controlling the light and the dark. And you become the sun and the night by your hand gesture."

More than 30 works are being showcased at a private space in Shoreditch in east London ahead of a fund-raising dinner and auction on October 29th to raise funds for the Kinetica Museum - a non-profit organization.

Presenting many high tech interactive works, the Kinetica Art Fair returns to London this week, celebrating the artworks made by designers from all over the world.

Many of the pieces in Kinetica invite audience participation, but some just make compulsive viewing.

These microscopic, magnetic, mechanical works by Parisian artist Laurent Debraux seem to defy gravity.

Beneath the surface, a spinning motorized magnet within a glass jar reveals the secret to the trick.

The French kinetic artist is auctioning a set of three pieces, one even has a suitably-Olympic theme for London's Games year.

One piece of art could actually hypnotise someone. Tom Wilkinson's Light Wave ripples like lapping water but is in fact the work of glass and gears.

Wilkinson says crawling underneath his own work feels like being under water and he finds the experience soothing.

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) TOM WILKINSON, Kinetic artist
"Well the piece does create calm, I've felt it in myself and I see it in other people. It's really like looking at moving water and somebody in the health profession told me that this kind of motion releases alpha waves in the brain so it's very relaxing,"

His installation has had several homes from the lobby of large corporations to the artist's north London garage.

There isn't much soothing about east German artist Alexander Berchert's Limbo, but it is addictive to watch the table tennis ball trapped in perpetual motion, but never going anywhere.

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) ALEXANDER BERCHERT, Kinetic artist
"I got inspired originally by a lady bug crawling up my hand and everybody has done this before, just to place a hand in front of it and again and again and the bug just seems to keep moving without ever getting anywhere. I found this very interesting, I thought I'd like to represent that mechanically,"

Like all Kinetic artists, he gets inspiration from the genius behind everyday objects and claims even a toaster can fascinate him.

It's no surprise to see Limbo is a Heath Robinson contraption made of bicycle chains, drain pipes and old motors.

Ivan Black's Elipsoid sculpture requires a hands-on approach, as Tony Langford from Kinetica demonstrates.

A handle from the art work begs to be spun and the result is mesmerizing.

SOUNDBITE(English) TONY LANGFORD, Kinetica
"Ivan when he creates these sculptures creates them based on different mathematical theories and in terms of how these different shapes relate to one another and when you see the sculpture turning you see all these different forms appearing and then disappearing,"
Elsewhere in the showcase is a musical bicycle wheel (another of Berchert's creations) and a mechanized set of springs called Anamorphose by Roger Vilder.

This piece is supposed to represent flocking instincts found in nature.

Few at the showcase have kinetic artist Jim Bond's ambition.

His large installation "Atomised" constructs and then deconstructs a human being before your very eyes.

The visitors are invited guests and the showcase is not open to the public, however viewing can be arranged by appointment ahead of the auction on October 29th.

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