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Lexus Hybrid Art shed the narrow confines of one-off exhibitions and a single space.

Lexus Hybrid Art featured three seasons (spring-summer-fall) of events, including a series of public lectures by the best minds in the hybrid world, a set of grants for Russian artists working at the crossroads of art and science, and, finally, an exhibition of hybrid art – a revue of the best synergetic works from across the world, works that stunningly combine futurism, technology and simplicity.

Participants

JON MCCORMACK
EDEN

In his landmark installation “Eden”, the Australian artist Jon McCormack creates a civilisation of virtual creatures whose very survival depends on the goodwill of the audience for their musical talents. “Eden” is a striking example of self-developing interactive systems that spring from the current interest in research into artificial life and its concomitant thought processes.

AGNES MEYER-BRANDIS
INSIDE THE TROPOSPHERIC LABORATORY

The German artist, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, is exceptionally qualified for the study of science art, for she is constantly experimenting, in collaboration with scientists. For her installation “Inside the Tropospheric Laboratory” Meyer-Brandis makes use of a machine for the production of clouds, which, thanks to a laser printer, manifest themselves inside a glass sphere. The artist began this work on board a German Aerospace Center research plane, and now, what was previously the imaginative province only of poets, has materialized into a contemporary work of sublime metaphor, an artistic possibility even for those with no access to jet aerospace laboratories.

DOMNITCH AND GELFAND
HYDROGENY

The “Hydrogeny” installation by Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, a duo from the Netherlands, shows the hidden nature of hydrogen atoms, which constitute the fundamental building blocks of cosmic and biological matter. The electrical splitting of water produces a cloud of hydrogen bubbles, which, when highlighted by a laser beam, generate eddies of miniature galaxies.

JULIUS POPP
BIT.FLOW

The work “Bit.Flow” finds its own way of navigating the modern information space, and simultaneously resembles the Minotaur’s labyrinth of ancient mythology. A complicated system of tubes rapidly and randomly moves small red objects, representing the very smallest bits of information. In discrete places inside this installation, they suddenly synchronize, adding even more to the jumble of symbols and letters. The message is clear: to navigate in the modern world, we must learn to distinguish order from chaos, for Ariadne’s thread is now being spun out of hundreds of scattered and disparate elements.

RALF BAECKER
IRRATIONAL COMPUTING

German artist Ralf Baecker is building ensembles of crystalline rocks, magnifying millions of times the otherwise invisible contents of microprocessors. The crystal and mineral materials of integrated circuits, which have hitherto been put to use by humans usually for entertainment and work, suddenly begin to take on their own creative life, emitting a variety of sounds and lights.

THE RECONNOITRE
SOUTHERN OCEAN STUDIES

The British members of the Reconnoitre group explore the region of Antarctica, an ecological “zero zone”, which is the ideal place to investigate global climate change. A video installation in real-time broadcasts an array of survey data from the Southern Ocean, which are converted into soothing meditative pictures. The dry language of the data and figures translates into sensory coordinates, which allows viewers to experience at first-hand the nature of the entire planet.

RYAN WOLFE
LIT FROM WITHIN

American artist Ryan Wolfe implants artificial sources of light into real plants – light sources which change their brightness during the day, mimicking the daily passage of the sun. The idea of the work lies in the belief that technology is able to not only protect life, but also to become an innate part of it, creating a new form of existence.

ŽILVINAS KEMPINAS
O BETWEEN FANS

Žilvinas Kempinas, an American artist of Lithunian origin, presents a visual puzzle, composed of two fans, between which old-fashioned reel-to reel tape is constantly swirling in the air. Machinery that was once decoding audio and video images, tucked away beneath the cover of the tape player, is now revealed, while the pictures and sound that used to be encoded on the film, are now given a life of their own, and become embedded inside the viewer’s imagination.

:: VTOL ::
LEXUS HYBRID ART GRANT WINNER
DNA SA

Dmitriy Morozov, aka :: vtol :: built a sound-installation, “DNA SA”. It is a technological manifestation of human DNA, broadcasting live shows by the members of Soundartist, during which anyone can themselves become a part of the musical performance.

WHERE DOGS RUN
LEXUS HYBRID ART GRANT WINNER
THE FACES OF SMELL

In the installation “The Faces of Smell”, by the group Where Dogs Run, multiple gas tube sensors investigate and trace the aromatic facial portrait of the viewer, which portrait is then visualized using a photo-robot. To make happen this strange face-to-face meeting with a new image of oneself, requires a mastery of smell, and odour-resistant symbolic signifiers. To do this, took an unprecedented amount of work by an international team of engineers and manufacturers.

DMITRY KAWARGA
LEXUS HYBRID ART GRANT WINNER
UNIDENTIFIED OBJECTS COMING TO LIFE

Dmitry Kawarga is a specialist in biomorphic devices, creating robotic objects that resemble pieces of natural waste that crawl out from a man at his approach. There is a conflict in the mind – the robot acts illogically, but at the same time is imbued with interactive movement, while the desire for tactile contact is accompanied by a parallel desire to confuse. In this way, the unusual interpretations arising out of the work are designed to enrich and renew the old mechanisms of human perception.

MIKHAIL A KREST
BRAGOCLOCK-KLAXON NIHIL OCCULTUM

Among the Russian participants there was the St. Petersburg artist Mikhail A Krest, who had created bragoclock-klaxon “Nihil Occultum”, a contraption that works on the basis of the chemical reaction of fermentation; the resulting carbon dioxide fills a geodesic sphere, which inevitably will burst under its own increasing weight.

Episodes

PUBLIC TALK BY CHRIS BOSSE

On April 19 at the ARTPLAY Centre for Design, Chris Bosse gave a lecture titled, Building the City of the Future. This was the first event of Lexus Hybrid Art 2012, which marked the starting point of a new stage in the life of the project. Chris Bosse is one of the most influential innovators of modern architecture, and more than six hundred people packed the lecture hall to hear him, while some fifteen thousand people simultaneously listened to the online broadcast that showed what the city of the future already looks like.

PUBLIC TALK BY JULIUS POPP

The final episode of the project was a lecture given by Julius Popp, one of the leading protagonists of the Lexus Hybrid Art exhibition. His installationBit.Fall, installed in the Olympic Village, was one of the major art attractions of the Olympic Games 2012 in London. His Bit.Flow object seemingly provoked the most reviews and discussion; thus, Lexus has invited him to Moscow to explain to us “how to make order from chaos”.