SynSoma: Steve Daniels + Robyn Moody
curated my Michael Alstad + Camille Turner
Subtle Technologies Festival
SynSoma is an exhibition of kinetic works which explore the relationship between the artificial and organic through subtle mechanical mimicry of natural systems.
Steve Daniels’ sessile, a colony of 25 kinetic sculptures, incorporate an open system where each robot responds to changes in ambient light levels by opening and closing their limbs. A viewer’s shadow becomes a part of the colony’s environment and a medium of interaction. Subtle differences arise from a myriad of factors including small variations in construction, surface imperfections, their orientation to ground and most importantly their internal emotional state. The work creates a dialogue between participant and object where the observed and observer are interchanged.
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