21-22 August 2012
Within the subterranean Tanks at Tate Modern, ‘Fearful Symmetry’ was specially commissioned and presented to the public for the first time as part of the Undercurrent arts programme. Taking its title from William Blake’s poem “The Tyger”, the installation returns visitors to a primal state of hyper-awareness through advanced computer vision, robotics and interactive choreography, the sum of which created an intense, and visceral experience for visitors to the Tanks. The work builds on earlier kinetic pieces, Motive Colloquies (2011, Pompidou Centre Paris) and Performative Ecologies (2008, National Art Museum Beijing).
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Robotics – Vahid Aminzadeh (KCL) & Alex Zivanovic (Middx Uni)
Computer Vision – Paul Ferragut & George Profenza (UCL)
Mechanical Engineering – Neil (Spike) Melton (Middx Uni)
Sound Design – Emmett Glynn & Sam Conran
Light Engineering – Lianka Papakammenou (UCL)
Photography – Simon Kennedy
Puppetry Consultant – Ronnie Le Drew
Graphic Design – Amy Lewis
Filming – Ronan Glynn
Communication – Ollie Palmer (UCL) & Diony Kypraiou (UCL)
Fabrication Assistant – Djorn Fevrier
Thanks also Ryan Mehanna, Frank Glynn, Stephen Gage, and Ranulph Glanville
Special Mention to the Motive Colloquies team, particularly Ciriaco Castro, Miriam Dall’Igna and Enrique Ramos. Fearful Symmetry builds on the earlier work we produced for the Centre Pompidou in Paris June 2011.
July 27th — August 17th, 2011, National Art Museum of Chia, Beijing, http://mediartchina.org
Amidst the global challenges of climate and ecological crises that threaten the very existence of humanity, the exhibition TransLife reflects on the whereabouts of humankind in relationship to nature through an unique perspective and philosophical speculation, calling for citizen participation in facing these imminent challenges with artistic imagination to advocate a new world view of nature and a retooled humanist proposition.
The exhibition is structured by three thematically related components that gradually progress from the discovery of new sensorial potentials that extend our cognitive capacities to the emergence of multiple life forms to biodiversity and an exploration of the symbiosis of cohabitation, revealing emerging concepts of life and provoking contemplation on the biosphere. In doing so, the exhibition also strives to reassess the historical roots and epistemological foundation of the current ecological and environmental predicament, interrogating the notion of subjectivity inherent in the project of modernity and the anthropocentrism derived from that tradition.
The 300 page plus exhibition catalogue consists of a collection of scholarly texts contributed by world-renowned authors (Bruno Latour, Arjen Mulder, Chris Salter, Peter Sloterdijk, Eugene Thacker, and a curatorial text by ZHANG Ga) to elaborate on the exhibition’s themes and their philosophical ramifications, along with color illustrations of works in the exhibition. The catalogue will be co-published by NAMOC, The Liverpool University Press and the Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies in UK and distributed globally.
A one night performance between a towering robot, 2 performance artists sited in the collection of Picasso & Francis Bacon.
Motive Colloquies: Ciriaco Castro, Miriam Dall’Igna, Ruairi Glynn, Jemima Yong, Enrique Ramos, Sigridur Reynisdottir & Nikki
23 juin 2011
19h30 – 21h00
Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou
Musée – Niveau 5
Emergence: Art and Artificial Life
January 8 – May 7, 2010
Opening Reception: January 7, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Family Day: April 17, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Boxed: March 11, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
The Exhibition features international artists exploring both the biological and computational manifestations of emergent behavior arising from dynamically changing, interactive sculptures. We as human beings are created and create through a process of emergence. Whether these emergent forms originate organically or are man-made, they can illustrate to us the rich variety of mutating systems with all their variety and ability to adapt to a changing world.
Presented alongside work by Stellarc, and Hiroshi Matoba, Performative Ecologies was presented as part of ALICE 2009 (), an exhibition specifically intended for children to enjoy. The show had five sections, the first letter of each one corresponding to the acronym of “A.L.I.C.E.,” – “Artistic Studio,” “Lively Station,” “Intelligent Platform,” “Creative Engine,” and “Eco-Friendly Wonderland.”Performative Ecologies was selected to engage children in considering human relationships with virtual life and digital ecologies. Artists: TheGreenEyl and Denise Faust , Squidsoup, Ando Takahiro, Kichul Kim, Ruairi Glynn, Ji, Haru & Graham Wakefield were also part of this ecological wonderland.