Rhythm of Nature
Atrium,East Building & The Green, West Building
Reflecting the anniversary celebrations marking WF CENTRAL’s official opening in May 2018, ‘Rhythm of Nature’ is the theme of a special dual exhibition, curated in mainland China for the very first time.
The joint-exhibit, which runs from 29th May, explores the imaginative interplay of nature and art through two highly distinctive installations, ‘Sun Cycle’, the spectacular creation of US artist Patrick Shearn and his team at Poetic Kinetics; and ‘Meadow’, a kinetic ‘floral’ display created by Dutch artist duo Studio Drift.
Patrick Shearn and his Poetic Kinetics team
Patrick Shearn is an LA-based artist specializing in larger-than-life, immersive art installations. The artist’s signature kinetic sculptures, called Skynets, earned him international renown after the debut of “Liquid Shard” enamored the city of Los Angeles, transforming an underused public square in the heart of downtown into a bustling destination overnight. Shearn has brought installations to various locations in the U.S. and abroad. Shearn’s expertise in animatronics, robotics and visual effects–gleaned from a 30-year tenure in the film industry as a creature maker and visual effects supervisor–has lent traction to a prolific career as creative director for his studio Poetic Kinetics. The studio is behind the most iconic artworks at Coachella and has set the bar for festival works that both engage the immediate public through interactivity and reach viral notoriety on social media.
Studio Drift was established in 2007 by Lonneke Gordijn (1980) and Ralph Nauta (1978), who both graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) in 2005. In their installations and interactive sculptures the relationship between nature/human/technology is key. Gordijn’s fascination for nature and that of Nauta for science fiction and technology intersect in an intriguing way. Over more than a decade of their existence, Studio Drift’s work in product and furniture design has evolved into increasingly larger, often site-specific and moving installations which they have realized all over the world. The works occupy a wholly unique place between disciplines such as tech art, performance, and biodesign. Data and algorithms derived from natural phenomena often form the basis for Studio Drift’s work – the flight patterns of a flock of birds, for instance. With the help of state-of-the-art technologies they translate this data into poetic, meditative experiences. Their ideas regularly anticipate technological possibilities.