The Dance by Benjamin Shine

Artist Benjamin Shine’s latest project beautifully plays with illusion and the power of creative energy with the use of translucent tulle. What emerges from the fiber are female and male faces, which quickly dissolve into the abyss and fluidity of the highly malleable tool. Titled, The Dance, the piece is suspended from ceiling and back-lit. The deep blue and pink hue of the tulle, also create a tone of lust, love, energy and passion, which seamlessly enhances the ethereal nature of the installation. With this tool, Shine is able to explore the themes of impermanence, delicacy and the beauty of the fleeting, which mimics the art of dance. 


Yaskawa Electric in Motoman’s Center exhibit

Video uploaded to Facebook by Noriaki  Nakagawa on an exhibit at the Motoman Center (a company that specializes in industrial robotics).

Sadly, I cannot embed the video, but can watch it here

This isn’t the first of its kind (using robotics and displays have been used quite a bit for presenting new cars at trade shows, and all owe a debt to the project ‘Box’), but it is a good implementation nethertheless.


Deitch Projects, Banana Wall

At the opening of our exhibition at Deitch Projects in New York we featured a wall of 10,000 bananas. Green bananas created a pattern against a background of yellow bananas spelling out the sentiment: Self-confidence produces fine results.

After a number of days the green bananas turned yellow too and the type disappeared. When the yellow background bananas turned brown, the type (and the self-confidence) appeared again, only to go away when all bananas turned brown.

The FAILE and BÄST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade is an installation that no photograph can do justice. A collaborative project between FAILE and Brooklyn artist BÄST, the Deluxx Fluxx Arcade is an immersive environment with movement, light, and sound. The interactive installation includes retrofitted video games, pinball machines, and foosball tables. At first glance, it is a striking, nostalgic nod to the late seventies and eighties—the heyday of the video arcade. With the rise of games such as Space Invaders and later Pac-Man and Centipede, the arcade was a bustling center of entertainment and social interaction, especially for young people. With its Day-Glo colors, black lights, and alternative music, the Deluxx Fluxx Arcade also reverently harkens back to punk rock and the graffiti culture of that same era, which was in so many ways intertwined with the often nonconformist spirit of those who enjoyed video arcades.

A video posted by The official Faile Instagram (@faileart) on Aug 21, 2015 at 4:30pm PDT

The artist-designed games are twists on classic genres such as wrestling matches, road races, water-based challenges, tile-matching puzzles, and audio-visual manipulations. While some games such as Basto Blasto (their adaptation of Space Invaders) offer a straightforward win-or-lose proposition, several present more complex conundrums that address social and environmental concerns. For example, in Surfin’ Safari, after opting to compete as FAILE’s surfing horse or BÄST’s smiling bunch of bananas, players must attempt to jump the garbage floating in the river. They win only by catapulting over more trash than their opponent does; the rubbish remains to pollute the water. With every installation, the artists tailor the games to reflect issues relevant to the local visitors/players. Here, we have new games like Alternate Side Anarchy (try to find parking in Brooklyn!), and other games that have been modified to a New York setting.

A video posted by Brooklyn Museum (@brooklynmuseum) on Jul 23, 2015 at 11:26am PDT

Following earlier versions presented in nontraditional spaces in London, New York, Miami, and Edinburgh, this fifth iteration of the project is the first in a museum setting, highlighting how the present work relates to the art of the past and expands our expectations of the use of public spaces dedicated to art. Here, Deluxx Fluxx’s arcade machines, which are simultaneously sculptures and functioning games, may call to mind Surrealism, Dada, and Fluxus, as well as the enigmatic boxed assemblages of Joseph Cornell.

One of the artists’ goals with the installation is to challenge “the contemporary art world’s fixation on ideas of relational aesthetics and democratization, and gives the audience a chance to genuinely engage with the work without feeling the pressure of the traditional gallery environment.” In other words, come, experience, play some games (while looking at art), and enjoy!

Posted by Sharon Matt Atkins

Did you know that you have time until next September 27th to discover the amazing installation in #CoventGarden made by Charles Pétillon with 100,000 giant white balloons? Don’t miss it if you are in London!

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