Symphonie Cinétique — The Poetry of Motion is a kinetic composition that exploits the poetic synergy of music and mechanical motion in a space. It was conceived in an intense collaboration between Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds and Joachim Sauter/ ART+COM.
The exhibition project focuses mainly on the correlation and interaction of three elements: reflection, sound and movement. Symphonie Cinétique narratively interrelates the three elements, and brings out their inherent, almost mystic harmony. The result of this process is an artistic synthesis, a unique spatial experience. At the premiere, Arnalds performed the Symphonie Cinétique live on piano and tablet. This fascinating interplay between music, light and movement served as a prelude to the exhibition.
Symphonie Cinétique brings together five kinetic works that have been developed over the last five years at ART+COM. The artworks in the exhibition are models and prototypes of large kinetic installations that were realised in this period. The exhibition project can be seen as a retrospective of a very creative, inspirational chapter in ART+COM’s recent history.
These works are part of Symphonie Cinétique:
Delta Phi is based on the principle of caustics — the way light refracts on water. The chrome-plated surface was computationally designed and 3D-milled. Encoded into its facets are hidden Greek letters, which become legible in the surrounding room with the help of reflected surface light. Phi is the sign for luminous flux. Delta stands for change and movement.
Resonance is a kinetic installation made of light, movement and a mirrored body. Its ever-changing multiplexed pattern of movement is literally coded in hardware. The abstract, moving light architecture merges with, expands, and adds a new dynamic to the actual physical space.
Infinite Cube is a spatially concentrated, but at the same time expansive, kinetic installation. The spheres follow a computational narrative that moulds them into a fluid succession of abstract shapes. An optical illusion extends the apparently clear spatial confines of the installation into infinity. Viewers are also reflected in the installation, and their presence adds an additional layer to the interplay of real and reflected space.
Tri is a kinetic installation composed of triangular mirrors that move vertically and rotate around two axes in a complex choreography of flowing three-dimensional structures. Their physical movement is enhanced with ceiling lighting and an interplay between the reflective triangles and the dark, overlapping shadows they cast on the floor.
Manta Rhei combines choreographed light with physical movement for a kinetic sculpture, which blurs the boundaries between natural and artificial, animate and inanimate. Manta Rhei can perform a wide spectrum of patterns ranging from harmonious to more conflicting. The changing ‘behaviour’ evokes the impression of an animated object with a certain degree of autonomy.
MADE is a creative platform located in Berlin for artists from a variety of fields. It is a venue for interdisciplinary projects that invites artists to step out of their artistic routines.
With the support of MKT AG, Olching and Selux AG, Berlin.