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January 2016

Lee Bul’s Suspended Sculptures Are like a Science Fiction Fantasy

Lee Bul’s Suspended Sculptures Are like a Science Fiction Fantasy

In most science fiction stories, the future world is designed to be a hardy and geometric place, able to withstand nuclear disaster and protect its inhabitants, who are probably less concerned about the beauty of their surroundings. South Korean artist Lee Bul’s haunting suspended sculptures seem to defy this design sensibility by interpreting future worlds in a beautiful way. In the 1990s, she earned international recognition for her hanging “cyborgs”, some inexplicably without heads or limbs, like Manga-inspired Greek goddesses of antiquity. In those works, she expressed her interest in Western and Asian societies’ fixation with beauty and cosmetic surgery in particular. Over time, her sculptures became more bio-mechanical but also organic, translating the human form into bizarre arrangements of machine parts and tentacle-looking branches. Her more recent work uses elements of science fiction to explore relationships between the future and the past. Her series of chandelier-like floating castles in the air are opulent assemblages of materials like crystal and glass, where she reflects upon utopian architecture of the early 20th century, as well as totalitarianism that reflect her experience of living in military-controlled Korea. Some describe it as if being thrust into a frozen scene, but underneath their beauty, it becomes apparent that these fantastical places are no more welcoming than their space-age counterparts. Lee Bul is currently exhibiting at the Vancouver Art Gallery through January 10th, 2016.

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Crystal Cyborgs Come Alive at RINSED's NYE Blowout

Crystal Cyborgs Come Alive at RINSED’s NYE Blowout

If you party in Brooklyn, chances are you already know a thing or two about RINSED, the roving event that turns warehouses into immersive nightlife, music, and art experiences. Over the past five years, they’ve created pop-up parties ranging from intimate, 100-person soirees, to 1,500-person mega-blowouts, with the help of over 100 different musical and visual artists. In September, they gave us Disruptive Patterns, an “Anti-Fashion Week” event featuring performative installations, live projection mapping, and exclusive playing card invites. Now, to celebrate RINSED’s five-year anniversary, they’re teaming up with New York City-based artist, James Moore, to turn a secret space—a massive disused furniture warehouse in Bushwick—into what they call “a world where technology and humanity merge to form a Singularity.”

What that means: crystal cyborgs, cast from real human faces and skeletons, illuminated and interacting with their environment; a clash of humanity and machine as special guests Dinamo Azari, Jacques Greene, Morgan Geist, Parris Mitchell, and Todd Edwards get down on a Pure Groove Sound System; and more bass-booming basement-vibe madness than you can shake a bionic booty to.

In the video below, premiering exclusively on The Creators Project, watch James Moore create the crystal skulls that will push us into an imagined posthuman cyber dance world for one night, and one night only:

James Moore X RINSED NYE 2016 from RINSED on Vimeo.

Click here to order your tickets for RINSED 5: NYE 2016 before it’s too late. Click here to learn more about RINSED, and follow James Moore on Instagram for more.

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Enter an Interactive Galaxy installation in a Renovated Crypt

Enter an Interactive Galaxy installation in a Renovated Crypt

You may have heard of the Catacombs, the innumerable underground rooms and basements, holding approximately six million remains, concealed beneath Paris’ cobblestone streets. One such vestige from millennia of conquerer after conquerer, architect after architect, is Flaq Paris Gallery, where artist Filipe Vilas-Boas has constructed an interactive mini-universe. He projects the sea of digital stars onto the walls of the gallery’s first floor, a renovated crypt centered around a statue of The Virgin Mary holding tiny baby Jesus. And at the center of both statue and star systems, the visitor’s own visage is projected, captured by a camera with a facial recognition algorithm. Now that’s a self-portrait.

The installation is called iDoll, a play on the idol-worshipping that has defined previous generations, and the iPhenomena that have defined our own. “iDoll explores our cult of icons and interactivity as a way to build our identity,” Vilas-Boas tells The Creators Project. Previously he transformed a cathedral into a star-gazing wonderland in an installation called Shooting Thoughts, which turned text messages into gorgeous shooting stars.

Photo: Vincent Doubrère

“As the object of our daily worship, the internet has become our new Bible; new tablets have replaced the old,” the artist continues. “We live in an overconnected world where technology is sanctified, where personal growth happens horizontally more than vertically. We elevate ourselves and seek validation through our peers instead of our predecessors. Thanks to digital photography, selfies have become our modern daily icons. In this algorithmic and interactive self-worship, we build and shape our identities through the pictures we share.”

While some might see the conflation of selfie-ism to idolatry as a criticism of our tech-obssessed culture, Vilas-Boas sees it as just the opposite. “Both installations express the way we live today: interconnected and disintermediated. We don’t need superior authorities to do a lot of things these day. Things happen horizontally… Digital technology gives us means to communicate, exchange with each others. The web connects us and that is a HUGE step for mankind to me. ”

Check out iDoll in the images and video below.

See more of Filipe Vilas-Boas’s work on his website.

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Watch Clips from an Audio-Reactive Generative Visual Set

Watch Clips from an Audio-Reactive Generative Visual Set

When it comes to generative art or real-time visuals, there’s an intriguing collaborative harmony between humans and machines. One sets the parameters, the other explores them. Berlin-based Margo Kudrina, a fashion designer and art director at motion graphics and VFX company Licht.Pfad, recently achieved that human-machine harmony with an hour-long generative sound-reactive visual set.

Created for the electronic group Nativizm’s show at Night Media Lab in Wrocław on November 20th, Kudrina’s TouchDesigner-created visuals assume a number of forms. Some look like oscillating palm fronds, while others are glimmering contours or latticeworks that look like waveforms. Others take on moiré patterns that almost look like three-dimensional liquids.

Watch Kudrina’s live visual performance below:

Margo Generative Visual performance for Nativizm @ Night Media Lab, Wroclaw from Licht.Pfad Studio on Vimeo.

Click here to visit Margo Kudrina on Instagram.

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