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The second exhibition of Lexus Hybrid Art was held on May 19-22, 2011 in the Chocolate workhop of the Red October factory.

Visitors experienced 10 brightest samples of hybrid art – and, in addition, a special project “Institute of Ideas”: a series of master classes and public talks with artists participating in the project.

Participants

NUMEN / FOR USE
TAPE

Croatian-Austrian team Numen / For Use created site specific biomorphic architectural installations “Tape” in the form of webs which were made from ordinary transparent tape and stretched out over the main area of the exhibition hall.

YAO CHUNG-HAN
SCATTERED COORDINATES

Interactive installation “Scattered Coordinates” by a Taiwanese media artist Yao Chung-Han consists of a series of halogen lamps which in response to movement emit preprogrammed sounds. Experimenting with the mutual adaptation of light and sound, Yao triggers human reactions to unusual forms of communication.

ULF LANGHEINRICH
LAND

German artist Ulf Langheinrich produces pulsating and vibrating patterns using micro-system formulas to form fractal noise waves. By superimposing the generated sound on an idyllic marine theme he obtains cyclical 3D-video. The pulsating images move from one phase to another driven by mathematical logarithms, revealing a smoothness and beauty inherent to the living world. Langheinrich’s work “Land” is a 3D media installation combining human and artificial intelligence producing warm and natural earth visual patterns.

AARON KOBLIN
VISUALIZING AMSTERDAM SMS MESSAGES

Aaron Koblin, technical director of Google Creative Lab, presented multimedia installation which defines the notion of info-aesthetics. With the help of specially created software designed to handle massive amounts of data about SMS-traffic, data analysis is rendered as a moving graph of mobile communication activities in Amsterdam during holidays.

SCOTT PAGANO
SPEND SOME TIME WITH ME FOREVER

Independent American filmmaker Scott Pagano comes out of music video industry. Continuing his visual alchemy, he mixes the various ingredients to create meditative ambient epic imagery “Spend Some Time With Me Forever”. He creates fictional life forms, both biomorphic and man-made and puts them into the hybrid atmosphere of their own video world.

WOW STUDIO
VIDEOART

Japanese studio W0W develops interactive video graphics rendering different levels of emotionality in unrivaled HD-quality. At Lexus Hybrid Art WOW shows the video installation “The View From There” and various poetic oriental styled audio-visual works exploring imaginary hybrid worlds. Many of their works have been devoted to Tokyo. WOW’s aesthetical inspiration from cities, architecture, highways and utopia, fantasy environment shows Japanese car as an archetypical symbol of urban aesthetics: a well suited theme for Lexus Hybrid Art.

PHILIP BEESLEY
HYLOZOIC SERIES: STOAVIDEO

Combining the latest in artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and interactive technologies Canadian architect Philip Beesley, in collaboration with scientists Dr. Rob Gorbet and Dr. Rachel Armstrong developed a sensitive hybrid environment “Hylozoic Series: STOA”.  Physically, the fragile man-made surroundings are composed of tens of thousands of imponderable elements, equipped with microprocessors and sensors which are activated in response to movement.

BÁLINT BOLYGÓ
POLYCYCLE I

UK artist Bálint Bolygó and his kinetic installation “Polycycle I” learns how supposedly predictable and cyclical movement of a measuring device can create an unpredictable image. The specially designed spirograph catches the airflow in the room and graphically records this on paper or canvas. Interference in the room and movement of visitors affects the movement of the instrument and the result of the artistic process. This specific robotic installation mixes human intelligence and a smart mechanism becoming an artist and creating artworks.

KEIICHIRO SHIBUYA + EVALA
FOR MARIA ANECHOIC ROOM VERSION

Especially for Lexus Hybrid Art the Japanese duo of composer Keiichiro Shibuya and sound artist Evala built a sound-proof room with a multi-channel audio system and unique soundtrack. “For Maria Unechoic Room Version”, uses the symphonic piano composition “For Maria”, written in Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format, which offers 128 time better sound quality than CD. The sound of the actual piano is deleted from the soundtrack only leaving its echo to resound in the Unechoic Room.

MASATO TSUTSUI
FUNCTIONAL ORGANICS

Japanese artist and programmer introduced “Functional Organics”, an interactive tool for audio visual programming. With the help of an iPad a visitor can control fragile digital essence on huge video screens, thus becoming a media artist who creates a unique art piece.