As a paper engineer, Matt Shlian‘s work is rooted in print media, book arts and commercial design. Beginning with an initial fold, a single action causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds, which ultimately manifests in drawing and three dimensional forms. He uses his engineering skills to create kinetic sculptures which have led to collaborations with scientists at University of Michigan.
They work on the nanoscale, translating paper structures to micro folds. Their investigations extend to visualizing cellular division and solar cell development. Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principles; Shlian sees their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration.
Much of John Edmark‘s work celebrates the patterns underlying space and growth. Through kinetic sculptures and transformable objects, he strives to give viewers access to the surprising structures hidden within apparently amorphous space.
While art is often a vehicle for fantasy, his work is an invitation to plunge deeper into our own world and discover just how astonishing it can be. In experiencing a surprising behavior, one’s sense of wonder and delight is increased by the recognition that it is occurring within the context of actual physical constraints. The works can be thought of as instruments that amplify our awareness of the sometimes tenuous relationship between facts and perception.
Random International’s “Study for Fifteen Points” is a 15-legged kinetic artwork. Tipped with white LED lights, the piece’s movements are an experiment with the minimal amount of information necessary for an animated form to be recognizable as human.
A new cafe opened in Romania called Enigma that claims to be “the world’s first kinetic steampunk bar”. It certainly looks impressive from these photos, if you’re into that sort of thing. A slightly terrifying humanoid robot with a plasma lamp cranium bicycles by the door, and a variety of kinetic artworks churn and rotate on both the ceiling and walls.
Remember when you were a kid and you were allowed to play with Micro Machines or Hot Wheels for hours and hours without being interrupted? Hell, you would actually create a traffic jam. Chris Burden took that obsession and imagined the future with his kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II.
“A look at Chris Burden’s kinetic sculpture, filmed in 2011 at the artist’s studio in Topanga, California. The piece was exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in LA, California. The sculpture is modeled after a fast-paced futuristic city with 1,100 miniature cars running through an elaborate system of roadway tracks at a scale speed of about 240 miles per hour.” (via)
This was a really interesting period for Radiohead. It was after the Kid A / Amnesiac sessions, widely considered their most experimental, and to us, their most progressive (although we think Ok Computer will always be the standard, Kid A will always be the most stunning narrative, and In Rainbows the complete package). “Kinetic” was a b-side to the Amnesiac track “Pyramid Song,” and it was done after the initial sessions from the album. It feels like a Thom / Nigel Godrich track, but it feels like an amazing soundtrack song, something Kubrick could have used on a lonely drive sequence. Enjoy!