March 15-29. Reception: March 15, 6-9 p.m.
Artspace is pleased to announce 変身 (Henshin), a solo show of experimental video, sound and kinetic installation produced from 2010-2019 by our current Artist-in-Residence, Binwanka. The works in the show are deeply informed by the artist's experience growing up on anime and video games, the latter of which he played competitively in the 2000's, and improvising solo at open mics in New York City. Binwanka makes work from digital materials that are free and readily at hand, including screen captured videos, videos downloaded from the internet, open source software, cell phone videos, and mail ordered Buddhist chant boxes. Animated scenes from Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Mickey Mouse, and Astro Boy serve as the source footage for many of his works.
For this exhibition, Binwanka will debut a kinetic installation involving a battery powered robot that produces infinite drawings. This work is inspired by the principles of a harmonograph, a 19th century invention that helped humans draw highly mesmerizing geometric images through the aid motion-generating pendulums.
At large, this nine-year body of work examines the physical, linguistic and mental capacity of humans and computers to collaborate in the creative process, mining a computer's ability to create autonomously, generate its own networks, and cross cultural borders.
This exhibition was made possible with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation of the Arts and Friends of Artspace.