Photo by Luna Jiang

analog interactive installation / kinetic sculpture / post-digital drawing machine

Changwon Sculpture Biennale
Republic of Korea

17. September - 01.November 2020

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ADA - an analog interactive kinetic sculpture by Karina Smigla-Bobinski, similiar to Tinguely's «Méta-Matics», acts itself. At Tinguely's it is sufficient to be an unwearily struggling mechanical being. He took it wryly: the machine produces nothing but its industrial self-destruction. Whereas «ADA» is a post-industrial "creature", visitor animated, creatively acting artist-sculpture, self-forming artwork, resembling a molecular hybrid, such as a one from nano biotechnology. It developes the same rotating silicon-carbon-hybrids, midget tools, miniature machines able to generate simple structures. > more

Changwon Sculpture Biennale

The theme of this Biennale is "Non-Sculpture - Light or Flexible", the term "non-sculpture" chosen for this event was influenced by three different aspects.

‘Self-denial’ ‘Self-reflection’
Firstly, it is derived from the model that Art historian Rosalind E. KRAUSS uses to address two concepts: ‘not-landscape’ and ‘not-architecture’ which explore the way landscape and architecture meet sculpture and vice versa, in her essay “Sculpture in the Expanded Field” (1979). Having adopted this approach, yet conversely, I’ve transformed her semiotic methodology so that the term non-sculpture is understood as a term for the “self-denial and self-reflection” of sculpture.

‘Non-sculptural experiment for sculpture’
Secondly, I adopted the phrase ‘non-sculpture’ which appears in the essay “The origin of my non-sculpture” (1980) written by renowned Korean sculptor Seung-Taek LEE. According to his essay, the term ‘non-sculpture’ was chosen by Lee to rebel against the legacy of Western modern sculpture and at the same time to clarify his experiment “Non-sculptural experiment for sculpture”.
‘The origin of my non-sculpture’
Finally, this term is widely applied to illustrate the aesthetic of non-materialism in the East.

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