When Alexander Calder was in the fourth grade, he made a three-dimensional sculpture for his parents. One element was a duck that rocked when it was tapped. This is thought to be the initial inklings of Calder’s kinetic sculpture career. Nowadays he’s referred to as the inventor of the mobile, though many of his publicly installed sculptures don’t move at all. Well, maybe they have the illusion of movement but that’s a decision for the professional art critic. While the art world doesn’t always take kinetic art seriously, the English seem to have embraced it in a big way. Among the latest trends in London is the 2010 Kinetica Art Fair which happens to be second only to the 2009 version of the same thing.
From robots to holograms to electronic art and incredibly light beings of various kinds, Kinetica has it all. This is the place where everything from astronomy to quantum physics is involved in making the art of the future. Some people might think of it in terms of science in an artistic form because kinetic artists tend to lean more heavily on scientific theories to construct their art. And in the end, it may be quirky, it may be funky and it may even be crazy, but eventually it’s all good because it’s fun to look at.
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