ADA – Karina Smigla-Bobinski

Originally created in 2011, Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s ‘ADA’ has travelled the world, appearing in São Paulo, Liverpool and Berlin – and now, Middlesbrough!

 

Originally created in 2011, Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s ‘ADA’ has travelled the world, appearing in São Paulo, Liverpool and Berlin – and now, Middlesbrough! The statement piece of MAW19, the kinetic sculpture offers a unique interactive experience with and through art. Described by the artist as a ‘post-industrial “creature”’, the free-floating helium-filled orb is an interactive art making machine. Spiked with charcoals, ADA becomes a utensil with which visitors can mark the walls of the gallery space. However, just as visitors try and control the transparent globe, the marks are produced almost autonomously by ADA, studding the walls with drawings and signs and composing a complicated design of lines and markings.

The name of the artwork is inspired by Ada Lovelace, the 19th Century English mathematician and writer who, along with Charles Babbage, designed the first prototype of a modern computer ‘The Analytical Engine’. Smigla-Bobinski’s work follows in the same tradition, creating a machine that can produce works of art just as an artist does. ADA is a fitting homage that combines the spirit of biotechnology and mechanics with the artistic and humane. Visitors who engage with the work not only help to make the marks but can decode the signs and drawings created by the self-forming artwork.

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