Kaleidoscope

Karina Smigla-Bobinski
2016

Emotion: Layered

Kaleidoscope is an interactive artwork composed of large luminous tables where cyan, magenta, and yellow inks float on the surface in separate levels. The word “Kaleidoscope” originates from Greek, meaning “to see beautiful forms,” inviting reflection on perception and beauty in their sensory dimensions. It explores how colour can be a wonderful way to discover the world and our connection to it. Each touch from the audience shifts and alters the inks, creating infinite combinations on the table’s surface. From the overlap of the CMY virtual colours (cyan, magenta, yellow) new real hues like RGB (red, green, blue) emerge, which can be perceived by the human retina. The dynamic movement of the liquids transforms into shapes and colours, providing users with the freedom to shape them as desired, expanding their perception and consciousness. This experience is enriched and amplified by projections surrounding the room, capturing all movements and combinations created. Here the magic happens in exactly the opposite way, with the RGB light from the projectors creating the new virtual hues of CMY colours on the walls. This closes the circle between the virtual and the real, or in other words, between matter of fact and our imagination.
The associated emotions multiply across various layers of the artwork: from the joy and fun of initial interaction to curiosity in understanding and creating multiple combinations, to the discomfort of leaving old thinking patterns. Subsequently, wonder and confusion arise, leading to the revelation of a new world.

 

Biography

Karina Smigla-Bobinski is an Open-Media artist and works with analogue and digital media in the field of proprioceptive art. Her themes move between science, intuition, expression and cognition. She creates and collaborates on projects ranging from painting, kinetic sculptures, interactive installations, art interventions, mixed reality objects, multimedia physical theatre performances and online projects.

Her works have been shown in 53 countries on 6 continents at festivals, galleries and museums including the New Taipei City Art Museum in Taiwan, Chroniques Biennale in Aix-en-Provence, France, Ming Contemporary Art Museum in Shanghai, China, Mattress Factory – Museum of Contemporary Art / Pittsburgh as well as collaborative performances worldwide like at the Festival Montpellier, France, Grand Théâtre, Luxembourg, GoDown Art Center Nairobi, Kenya, and Biennale di Venezia – Arsenale, to name only a few.

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