Calculated Creativity

Recently, I have started to see popularity with collaborations between art and science. Although, there are the usual institutions in London like the Wellcome Collection and the Science Museum that champion the union of science and art, it is few and far between that we see such areas venture out into the world of aesthetics. I first came across such work during my time at The Brick Lane Gallery last summer where a group of post-doctoral researchers from Imperial College collaborated with artists to create an exhibition highlighting the beauty that lies within images of scientific data. It was refreshing to see a creative approach to a subject that is so steeped in academia. More information about ‘Beautiful Science’ can be found here.

Imperial College students setting up their
Brick Lane Gallery exhibition. Image: author’s own.


Rainbow Winters
However, I recently stumbled across an artfair that has filled the gap. The Kinetica Artfair held annually brings together over 400 works from around that world that focus on ideas around science and technology. Having browsed through the list of exhibitors Rainbow Winters and Jonty Hurwitz were ones that particularly stood out for me.

Winters brilliantly fuses together fashion with the aesthetics of science to create multi-sensory pieces. From a dress where colours change according to the movements of the body to a sound reactive outfit, this Central Saint Martins graduate is surely a game changer of the couture world.

Hurwitz’s abstract sculptures, ‘Generation Pi’, sees it launch at next weekend’s Kinetica’s artfair. While his work may at first seem   somewhat daunting to those, like me, unfamiliar with anything other  than G.C.S.E intermediate Maths it is a great example of creativity  colliding with calculations. Much of his work highlights debates on  whether computers are more powerful than the human brain and  where, if at all, is the line drawn between reality and illusion in  today’s society.

Jonty Hurwitz
The Kinetica Artfair 2013 runs from the 27th February – 3rd March and is held at Ambika P3 in Marylebone. More information can be found here.

2 thoughts on “Calculated Creativity

  1. Christopher Ramsay says:

    Have you seen the lichtenstein exhibition yet? walking home afterwards we saw a sale sign in Sports Direct shop which clearly used his techniques. Art commentating on pop art, becoming advertising. Interesting how he created a genre which has become immediately recognisable. i particuarly liked his triptychs and diptychs which by using domestic themes or war themes subverted the traditional religious imagery of such canvasses.

    Keep up the blog! its interesting. cheers. Christopher Ramsay


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