Friday, May 22, 2009

Kinetic Exploration...

It has been a while since I have responded to an art-work with a dropped jaw reaction - I confess that viewing contemporary art often leaves me with a furrowed brow as thoughts of psychosocial-cultural-ecological contextualization race through my head...But today as Prateek, Shine and I collectively stared at the laptop screen looking through the works of Dutch sculptor Theo Jansen, we had no words - we were left wide eyed and dropped jaw-ed.His Kinetic works have been informally described as wind powered robots since he employs biological mimesis to generate realistic dynamic motion in his sculptural projects. "The walls between art and engineering exist only in the mind" says the artist. His light-weight structures are infused with a sense of live activity as they interact with the surface they tread upon; simultaneously working through synthesizing natural energy to plot maps of mobility. These works appear to project the increasing reliance on technology driven apparatus in daily living as well as the complexities that crop up when a new kind of mechanized creature is placed within our environ.

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