(photo:sloth by Lars Brunström)
The last two weeks has been dedicated to moving objects. First, Lawrence Malstaf gave a workshop, and this last week the swedish artist Lars Brunström was in Bergen, partly to teach at the academy, partly to help me with the prototype for an upcoming project.
Brunström gave a lecture about artists working with kinetic sculpture, showing examples from some well known and some lesser known artists.
I have collected some links to some of the artists he talked about, plus some other artists and projects related to kinetic art I have seen the last few years.
This list is by no means exhaustive (and it points in all directions), so if you think there are other artists who should be mentioned, leave a comment.
Alexander Calder (american)
inventor of the mobile (kinetic sculpture constructed to take advantage of the principle of equilibrium)
“There is more of the unpredictable about them than in any other human creation … A general destiny of movement is sketched for them, and then they are left to work it out for themselves.” — Sartre on Calder’s mobiles
wikipedia on calder
calder circus video filmed by Carlos Vilardebo in 1961
Jean Tinguely (Swiss)
self destruction machines, imperfect machines
wikipedia on Tinguely
installation at Jean Tingeuely museum Basel
paris, fountain and kinetic sculpture place Igor Stravinsky
P O Ultvedt (swedish)
video of an installation by Ultvedt
Rebecca Horn (german)
wikipedia on rebecca horn
video with an installation by Horn
Arthur Ganson (american)
TED presention with Arthur Ganson
Anna Strid (swedish)
Peter Flemming (canadian)
video of installation
Jean Pierre Gauthier (canadian)
main focus on making sound from the kinetic sculptures
lázlo moholy nagy
light space navigator
interactive wood machines
chinese farmer and inventor Wu Yulu
article about Wu Yulu
video with Wu Yulu
video with Wu Yulu
Mechinal love: documentary
The film portrays people who in different ways enjoy a close relationship with a robot. We meet an old German woman who desperately seeks to keep her memories alive through talking with a baby seal robot called Paro. We also meet Professor Ishiguro who is developing androids, and who, in his current work on his own geminoid, wonders what it takes to be human.
The robot is no longer just a mechanical gadget that sits inside your coffee machine or performs monotonous, mechanical work, but made to provide meaningful presence.
The film´s website
and while we are in the robotics section, here is a link with some great images of contemporary robots.
Theo Jansen (dutch)
wikipedia on Jansen
TED presentation with Jansen
Kristoffer Myskja (norwegian)
atle selnes nielsen (norwegian)
Lawrence Malstaff (belgian)
website of his gallery with several video examples of his work
Last, but not least, check out Lars Brunström´s website with his own work, including the sloth at the top of this post.
Here is a video documentation of his snake
I have added a separate post about Len Lye.