Epidemic presents ‘Art Robotique’ a group exhibition curated by Richard Castelli bringing together works that incorporate the idea of transformation and utilise an element of technology, either in the construction or composition.
La Cité Des Sciences et De L'industrie
30 Avenue Corentin Cariou
75019 Paris France
The exhibition attempts to draw attention to the idea that transformation as a theme is not new to art, but instead is presently emphasised using new types of materials, such as mechanical or optic elements. The exhibition stresses the most significant of these transformations as those an artwork undergoes with each passing generation, and how the widespread use of technology characterises our current time. The artworks in the show create a sense of metamorphosis through interactions with the viewer, and include works from artists, such as Jean Michel Bruyère/LFKs, Theo Jansen, Chico MacMurtrie, Maywa Denki, Till Nowak, and robotlab.
‘Art Robotique’ includes Troika’s ‘Falling Light’, which challenges the belief that scientific explanation and poetic beauty are mutually exclusive, as seen in the interplay between crystal prisms and the preternatural experience they are able to create. In this work, the mechanical devices, each with an optical lens, a computer-programmed motor, and a white LED, present a vision of technology which works in symbiosis with the natural. Each lens acts as a prism, transforming the white light into a myriad of colours, in turn creating the rhythmical ebb and flow of floor-strewn droplets.
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