AutoGene, 2005 | [Materials] Umbrellas, Steel, Industrial Computer, Compressed Air Components, Mp3 Player. Dimensions: ❬4.5m x 4.5m x 0.8m❭
Photographer: Olivier Calicis | 2016 @ kikk Festival, Namur, Belgium.
Giving the first impression of a simple commodity sculpture, AutoGene lures the viewer into a false sense of familiarity. That, at the flick of a switch, is rapidly dispelled. The seemingly mundane umbrellas are transformed into magical animated objects! The circular arrangement, combined with the striking contrast produced as the umbrellas expand and contract to form abstract, ephemeral patterns. Patterns that are seemingly governed by the accompanying music. Obliging the observer to re-evaluate the sculpture, inviting comparisons with dance and animation as the mechanical pixels complete their choreographed movement through time and space.