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Kinetica Art Fair 2011. Artwork by Jason Bruges Studio. Photo courtesy of Kinetica Art Fair.


Some of the most intriguing experiments in new material technologies are occurring not in the science laboratory, but in the studios of kinetic artists. Our hypermediated, HD video-imbued culture would appear to make an ideal audience for dynamic products and environments, as indicated by the increased appearance of interactive displays in public spaces.

The UK-based Kinetica Art Fair pays special recognition to this phenomenon, and features some of the best current works of dynamic art. On display at London’s Kinetica Museum last week, the 2011 Art Fair highlighted “universal concepts and evolutionary processes though the convergence of kinetic, electronic, robotic, sound, light, time-based and multidisciplinary new media art, science and technology.” Notable works included a three-dimensional, sound-responsive LED net; an interactive light and sound tube that amplifies the cosmic background noise of the universe; and Skin Graph—a process that traces anatomical contours to make digitally-incised, “second skin” clothing. A BBC news feature may be viewed here.




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Blaine Brownell

thumbnail image Minnesota-based architect and author Blaine Brownell, AIA, is a self-defined materials researcher and sustainable building adviser. His "Product of the Week" emails and three volumes of Transmaterial (2006, 2008, 2010) provide designers with a steady flow of inspiration—a 21st-century Grammar of Ornament. Blaine has practiced architecture in Japan and the U.S. and has been published in more than 40 design, business, and science publications. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for 2006–07, he researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science. He currently teaches architecture and co-directs the M.S. in Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota. His book Matter in the Floating World was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.