Radical Atoms Exhibition
September 7, 2016, 6:30 PM - ongoing
Developed in cooperation with the Ars Electronica Festival 2016, this exhibition is arrayed along a thematic and chronological axis, and was recently extended to run through the summer of 2019. It demonstrates how ideas derived from art can lead to new technological concepts. Visionary examples are provided by the work Hiroshi Ishii’sTangible Media Group was already doing in 1999 in conjunction with their musicBottles. inForm (2013) registers gesticulations and sets actual objects into motion. bioLogic(2015) is a sort of second skin that reacts to movement. The exhibition, which also features projects by Carlo Ratti (IT), Joachim Sauter (DE) and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, will continue to run after the festival at the Ars Electronica Center, where it dovetails nicely with the extensive program of the Digital Art and Science Network, an EU-subsidized alliance that’s attracting more and more prestigious scientific organizations. Artist-in-residence programs have already been conducted with CERN–European Organization for Nuclear Research, the European Southern Observatory and the European Space Agency. The Festival is showcasing works produced in conjunction with these residencies.
Unless a work inspires people, it doesn’t stick; people never start thinking differently, and they will forget. To inspire people, there must be some profound message, beauty or aesthetics which people find very moving.
—Hiroshi Ishii, director of the MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group