ADA - an analog interactive installation / kinetic sculpture
at AltArt Foundation Romania

Plan B Gallery - The Paintbrush Factory
Str. Henri Barbusse 59–61, 400616 Cluj, Romania

13th – 27th November 2012

"Robots and Avatars"

Robots and Avatars is part of RACIF EU project, supported by the EU Culture Programme (2007-2013), co-ordinated by lead organiser body>data>space (London, UK) with co-organisers KIBLA (Maribor/Slovenia) and AltArt (Cluj Napoca/Romania). UK partners are FACT – Liverpool (Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology) and National Theatre (London). Supported using public funding by the Arts Council of England. This exhibition at AltArt, co-curated with interdisciplinary design collective body>data>space (London) showcases some of the most exciting new ideas from international artists and technologists in the field. Expect playful post-industrial creatures, sensory virtual worlds, and responsive inflatable objects in this major new exhibition.

ADA - an analog interactive kinetic sculpture by Karina Smigla-Bobinski, similiar to Tinguely's «Méta-Matics», acts itself. At Tinguely's it is sufficient to be an unwearily struggling mechanical being. He took it wryly: the machine produces nothing but its industrial self-destruction. Whereas «ADA» is a post-industrial "creature", visitor animated, creatively acting artist-sculpture, self-forming artwork, resembling a molecular hybrid, such as a one from nano biotechnology. It developes the same rotating silicon-carbon-hybrids, midget tools, miniature machines able to generate simple structures. > more   > photos   > videos

Robots and Avatars – our colleagues and playmates of the future.
Led and conceived by body>data>space, this innovative project explores how young people will work and play with new representational forms of themselves and others in virtual and physical life in the next 10-15 years. It examines multi-identity evolutions of today’s younger generations within the context of a world in which virtual and physical spaces are increasingly blended. The project continues in the UK and Europe as part of the EU Culture Programme (2007-13). > more

AltArt is an NGO that promotes digital culture and aims to strengthen the Romanian cultural sector. AltArt contributes to promoting the impact of culture on societal development through research, debates, networking and policy work. Its projects involve the development of interactive platforms, a series of mixed reality events exploring new cultural dimensions through the use of the Internet and new technologies, workshops, exhibitions, live art events etc. AltArt projects deal with topics related to public space, urban regeneration, identity and social relations in digital space.
AltArt projects have been supported by: European Union (Culture 2000, Lifelong Learning, Phare), European Cultural Foundation, Romanian National Cultural Fund, Romanian Ministry of Culture, Romanian Cultural Institute, Pro Helvetia, Goethe Institute, British Council a.o. > more 

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