Thursday, 22 April 2010

Artfest - a reprise

A few weeks ago I blogged about Rhizome's Seven on Seven event - a hackathon that paired artists and technologists to create something new in a short amount of time, and then present it at a public event.

The event took place over the past weekend. Rhizome has some photos up from the presentations, and promises video to come. The New York Times wrote up the event, as did Artforum.

The project that interested me the most was the collaboration between artist Tauba Auerbach and artist/engineer Ayah Bdeir. They proposed a moiré-pattern sculpture, which would reconfigure itself only when the room it's displayed in is empty - when someone enters the room, the sculpture freezes. I kind of dig this twist on interaction, where the lack of interaction creates movement and results in mystery.

Tauba Auerbach, Untitled Fold Painting XII, 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 254 x 190.5 cm. Image from
Presentation by Tauba Auerbach and Ayah Bdeir. Photo: Nick Hasty. From the Rhizome website.

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