analog interactive installation / placebo painting
large scale streaming

international festival of digital and creative cultures

2 - 4 November 2017

Ecole Notre-Dame
Rue Julie Billiart 17
5000 Namur, Belgium

Karina Smigla-Bobinski created interactive apparatuses generating astonishing optical effects and an consciousness-expanding visual experience. When using those objects, one always arrives at that point where perception processes that normally happen totally in the subconscious emerge to the surface and get tangible, thereby providing fascinating experiences.
KALEIDOSKOPE functions as a very large and completely walkable lightbox. On its surface float in separate layers inks in cyan, magenta and yellow (CMY). But these colors what we see are not there, they do not exist outside of our head, they are completely created by our brain and so definitely "virtual".
Every kind of pressure – be it with one finger, with the feet or be it with the entire body – displaces and shifts the inks and it produced by overlapping the „real“ colors red, green and blue (RGB), which can be picked up and recorded by human retina.
The liquids are serving as filters and transform the white backlight of the box in infinite variations.

Filters change the colors by letting through only certain wavelengths of the light. Normally, they are static objects – glass plates or foils – whose modulation effects always stay the same. In KALEIDOSKOPE the filtering inks are freeflowing and so the rigid analytic investigation of the laws of optic turns into a psychedelic experience within a delirious abundance of colors. > more

KIKK - is an international festival of digital and creative cultures. Its interest lies in the artistic and economic implications of new technologies. The event gathers people of all backgrounds from all around the world. They are designers, scientists, makers, entrepreneurs, artists, architects, developers or musicians. They come to KIKK to tell you their personal anecdotes, to share professional experiences and innovative ideas, to present an artwork, a project or a product. You return home full of inspiration with plenty of contacts and new passions.
This year, through a program of conferences, exhibitions and workshops, KIKK Festival will analyze how art and science collide in contemporary culture with new waves of artists exploring the physical phenomenons of light, radio, acoustic, magnetic, water or matter waves interferences. Interfering also means to come into opposition. Numerous activists, critical designers are scrambling systems to denounce intrusive practices or policies, others condemn mass surveillance and question privacy issues. Design and economy are also concerned by the subject: a disruptive product, practice or market, can be first seen as an interference before being considered as a new model of disruptive innovation.   > more

With Bruce Sterling, Avalon Emerson, Phoenix Perry, Mr Bingo, Claudio Guglieri (Microsoft), Kangding Ray, Clare Patey (The Empathy Museum), Christopher Bauder, Hello Monday, Memo Akten, Sara Hendren, NSDOS, Serial Cut, Lawrence & Vincent Malstaf, Kelli Anderson, Niklas Roy, Robyn Moody, Regine Debatty, Dogstudio, Chevalvert, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, Mario Klingemann, Ingrid Burrington, Jifei Ou, Base Design, Espadaysantacruz, DC Salas, Monolithe Noir and many more...

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