Exhibition: ADA by Karina Smigla-Bobinski at OMM in Eskişehir, Turkey

Text by CLOT Magazine

ADA, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, AltArt in Romania. Photo credit: Pavel Curagău

OMM – Odunpazarı Modern Art Foundation was founded in 2019 with the aim of contributing to the development of art education, support for artistic and cultural production, and the transmission of cultural values to future generations. OMM is committed to celebrating artists that are pushing the boundaries of art, design and technology. With this in mind, OMM presents, until April 12, 2020, Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s solo exhibition ADA: Interactive Kinetic Sculpture.

Ada Lovelace was the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron. Mathematician and writer Ada Lovelace was the first to recognise that the potential of computers lay beyond mere calculation and set out to create a machine that could paint and write poetry. She is considered one of the first computer programmers -that is, she wrote an algorithm designed to be carried out by a machine.

Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s ADA: Interactive Kinetic Sculpture is a kinetic sculpture inspired by Ada Lovelace. ADA takes the form of a transparent, membrane-like globe filled with helium and studded with charcoal spikes. When ADA is activated by visitors, the sphere revolves around the room with relentless energy, leaving indecipherable charcoal traces on the surfaces it encounters. These traces slowly build into patterns and signs, allowing ADA to develop its ephemeral symbolic language throughout the installation.

ADA is a result of my thoughts and inquiries about the fundamental idea of ‘computer as a machine’ that can remember and create works of art, such as poetry, music, or pictures like an artist, says Karina Smigla-Bobinski.

Artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski lives and works in Munich. Working between digital and analogue media her practice encompasses kinetic art, drawing, video, installation, painting, performance and sculpture. 

ADA: Interactive Kinetic Sculpture is on view until April 12, 2020. 

(Media courtesy of OMM)
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