Art Between Atoms & Bits .
conference talk by Karina Smigla-Bobinski

KIKK international festival of digital and creative cultures

Thursday 3 Nov. at 11:25 am
Le Théâtre de Namur > Main Room
Place du Théâtre 2, 5000 Namur, Belgien

The 6th edition of KIKK Festival is back from 3 to 12 November 2016 to explore the phenomenon of interferences.
Whether we are talking about sound or light interferences, a wave is always the propagation of a disturbance. In physics, the superposition of two waves of a similar frequency result in what we call an interference. We experience it everyday. On the surface of water, in the reflection of a soap bubble, in the crowd’s hubbub, and so on. This phenomenon makes perfect sense, if you think about it; we’re immersed in a fabric of waves where each intersection is an interference. You only have to think about our world as a whole or down to the smallest detail of its organization; our system undulates as much as it breathes. We cannot conceive a still world that would exist without this rhythmically organized motion of nature: the orbits of planets, the ebb and flow of the sea, the oscillations of electric current, the duality of the binary system, the evolution of species, etc. We could sum it up in one sentence; our world is vibrations. 
Effects resulted from the interaction of waves have been thoroughly observed and studied in the history of modern physics. Far from only being an interest for physicists, interferences have always  fascinated artists. A playground particularly stimulating and subject to esthetic experimentation. Playing with perception and tricking the senses, they are using the nature of waves and their ability to cause interferences to create optical illusions, auditory confusion, they compose with the unexpected and its permanent renewal. 

KARINA SMIGLA-BOBINSKI works as intermedia artist with analogue and digital media and move between science, intuition, expression and cognition. She produces and collaborates on projects ranging from kinetic sculptures, interactive installations, art interventions, featuring mixed reality objects, multimedia physical theatre performances and online projects. Karinas works bridge kinetic art, drawing, video, installation, painting, performance and sculpture, her works contain the method of their making, they are direct art, which foregrounds the material, movement through time and impact on results. Her works have been shown in 45 countries on 5 continents at festivals, galleries and museums.

Karina will explain what her working methods and inspirations are in general, also how her works between bits and atoms, such as‚ ADA, SIIMULACRA or KALEIDOSCOPE have come to existence, as well as her search for adequate presentation methods. > more

KIKK festival 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.
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More than 30 conferences speakers with a worldwide impact: Artists, designers, researchers, innovators, developers, photographers are getting ready to blow your mind.
Stefan Sagmeister, ustwo, Memo Akten, Pauline Van Dongen, WILD, Agi Haines, Aram Bartholl, Raquel Meyers, 84.Paris, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, Gene Kogan, Kathy Hinde, Thomas Thwaites, Pablo Garcia, Adrien M & Claire B, Nicolas Bernier, Fabian Oefner, Cécile Beau, Joanie Lemercier, Douglas Edric Stanley, Akufen, Nils Volker, Nicky Assman & Joris Strijbos, Alice Jarry, Superscript?, Gabey Tjon A Tham, Gaël Hugo, 1024 Architecture, Klaus Obermaier, François Pachet, Els Viaene, Stéphanie Roland, Peter William Holden, Quadrature, Edith Dekyndt, Wim Jannsen, Antoine Bertin, Ori Elisar, Emmanuel Van Der Auwera, Lumisokea, Jerobeam Fenderson, Lawrence Le Doux, Aymeric De Tapol, Dimitri Runkkarri, Fabien Penso, Arnaud Coomans, Fabrice Lejeune, Philippe Modard, Loïc Vigneron, Michaël Uyttersprot, Yannick Schutz, Benjamin De Cock and many more

Le Théâtre de Namur
Place du Théâtre 2,
5000 Namur, Belgien

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