exploratorium

Kaleidoscope

By Karina Smigla-Bobinski

Friday, December 6, 2019– Monday January 20, 2020
Preview on Thursday, December 5, 2019 • 7:00–10:00 p.m. (Ages 18+)

Osher Gallery 1, Black Box

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Tuesday–Friday: 2:00–5:00 p.m.
After Dark Thursday Nights: 6:00–10:00 p.m. (18+)
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Experience a landscape of astonishing visual effects in the interactive installation Kaleidoscope. Constructed as an 8-foot-square light box, artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s Kaleidoscope invites you to push and press on its surface to reveal an infinite pattern of vibrant colors. The title comes from the ancient Greek meaning of kaleidoscope: to observe beautiful forms.

Floating atop a large light box are three layers of ink: cyan, magenta, and yellow. The artist describes these as "virtual colors," created by an overlapping of the "real colors"—red, green, and blue—that our eyes can see. Each touch of the surface generates hyperdynamic new images that visualize the motion energy into engaging, chaotic patterns.

Karina Smigla-Bobinski lives and works in Munich. She is an intermedia artist with analog and digital media and moves between science, intuition, expression, and cognition. She produces and collaborates on projects ranging from kinetic sculptures, interactive installations, and art interventions, often featuring mixed reality objects, multimedia physical theatre performances, and online projects.

Her work has been shown in 45 countries on 5 continents at festivals, galleries, and museums, including the Singapore Art Museum, Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris, Science Gallery in Dublin, FACT Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool (UK), and many more. She studied art and visual communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland and Munich, Germany. 


Image courtesy of Karina Smigla-Bobinski, KIKK Festival.