Bath's Annual Fringe Visual Arts Festival
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Prosthetic Impulse

 

From self-destructing sculptures to solar drawing machines, this exploration into the function of the ‘art machine’ invites you into a world of art with a life of its own.  

SELECTED ARTISTS:

Jack West - www.jackwest.co.uk

Jacqueline Anderson - www.jacquelineanderson.co.uk

Laura Aish - www.ideastap.com/People/lauraaish

Luke Tupper - www.luketupper.com

Sophie Adams - www.sophieadams.com

Saturday
May302015

We Have Power!

Thank you to everyone who helped and visited on the opening night.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!  There is still one week left to see the show, and with so many FaBulous exhibitions all in one place, it's definitely worth a day trip.

Friday
May152015

Sophie Adams: Solar Drawing Machine

Amalgamating current with dated technologies, Adams’ solar-powered drawing machine, made up of mechanically laser-cut components, behaves like an analogue laser cutter, simultaneously referencing sunshine recording devices dating back to the 1800s, as well as modern technologies.

Adams’ drawing machine adopts the role of the ‘artist’, poising strategic spaces of uncertainty between intention and outcome as the solar-etched spiral patterns produced by the device demonstrate variations within the bounds of repetition.  

www.makersoph.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/lasercutting-new-vs-old

 

Saturday
May092015

Sophie Adams

An interest in the possibilities of alternative photographic processes and a nascent interest in land art brought Adams to the work of Roger Ackling, captivated by his geometric sunlight engravings created with nothing but a hand-held lens.

www.sophieadams.com

Monday
May042015

Luke Tupper - Prostheses

Shifting our attention from the making to the ‘un-making’ process, Tupper’s kinetic self-destructing sculpture combines biological aesthetics with technological design.  Witnessing the figure’s robotic arm progressively destroy its own ‘head’ with repetitive hammer blows brings to light the effects of transferring human agency to material objects and ethical debates surrounding contemporary prostheses.  The activation of this by motion sensor also prompts us to consider the nature of voluntary and involuntary actions within the work, and us as viewers.

www.luke-tupper.com/artwork

 

Sunday
Apr262015

Luke Tupper

As a child Tupper grew up more interested in deconstructing and reconstructing his toys than playing with them, always fascinated by the inner workings of things.  This intrigue with modern science, technology and the physical and social effect it has on humanity has continued to be a driving force behind his work.

From the invention of the first projectile weapon to the creation of the first computer, humans have been pervasively unsatisfied with our physical limitations.  Through science and creative thinking, we have pushed the boundaries of our existence.

Taking influence from philosophers concerned with technological evolution, Tupper’s major chain of thought considers technology as an extension of the human faculty; essentially a prosthetic of the human existence.

www.luke-tupper.com