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Digital Fragments in Physical Space

2019

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Honor Oak

R.i.c.h x Kamila Szymkiewicz

2019

Art Direction, Video: Kamila Szymkiewicz

Clothes: R.i.c.h.

Styling: Kamila Szymkiewicz 

Model: Richmond Katsande

Model: Aaron Baksh

Model: DJ Webb

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'Digital Fragments in Physical Space' interrogates present-day sculpture by exploring the relationship between digital and physical materials. The installation raises the question about the status of sculpture today. The phenomenon of the expanded field of art with new forms like design practice with focus on digital and physical exploration and fabrication, 3D softwares, AI and Internet art put physical space and sculptures in danger. The emergence of media images, literally countless and ubiquitous, endlessly generated and consumed are seen as the final stage of the “visual turn” that pushes sculpture into the background. Therefore, the work is aiming to explore the relationship between digital and physical, where virtual space finds its replica in physical world and my sculptures migrate to digital space adopting its identity. I am interested in transforming data from one format and structure to another. By using some juxtapositions in my work, I generate two concepts of time: the deeper time of maturity, development and evaluation, and the faster time of technology and social change. 

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a silicone version of Brique Blanche in translucent white

Kamila Szymkiewicz for ilco, 2021

A silicone version of BB carries its vivid power and fragility. I make the familiar unfamiliar by using some juxtaposition in this work. Materials migrate from one form to another shifting, adjusting and developing its identity and role. Object, form and surface are transformed into replicas that are eerily familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.

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Exploring the notion of identity

in contemporary image and sound

Published in June 2019

Paperback: 50 pages

Language: English

Dimensions: 10.5 x 14.8 cm

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Decoding Nature

2021

work in progress

in collaboration with

Lea Barre

Decoding Nature is an immersive installation bringing together recordings of airborne sounds emitted by plants as well as a series of fluorescent spectrograms which travel around the walls of the room - a visual representation of the sounds. Decoding Nature invites the public to experience an aesthetic meditation, both aural and visual, on the plant kingdom, which is increasingly under threat in today’s modern world.

The field of plant bioacoustics, which is the investigation of sound production, dispersion and reception by plants has remained mainly speculative up until now. It has been proven that plants exposed to stress are experiencing cavitation – a process where air bubbles form, expand and explode in the xylem, causing vibrations and emitting sounds. In fact, a previous version of this experiment has already been tested in a lab setting and has been proven to be effective at recording plant reactions to stress. With Decoding Nature we are taking the findings further by recording psychological states of plants and translating the sounds into soundscapes and spectrograms, to then create a language that is understandable for the audience. The spectrograms will form an abstract landscape as well as visualised language, an interpretation of the various plant’s psychological conditions and emotions that we will make the original recordings in a way that envelops the audience and encourages them to take a better care of the environment. Through this project we would like to raise awareness of the biodiversity crisis and the importance of plants kingdom. We believe that our research and exhibition can create a greater understanding of the issue and empathy towards nature and environment.

 

More investigation on plant bioacoustics in general and on sound emission in plants in particular may open new avenues for understanding plants and their interactions with the environment like other plants, insects or animals and it may also have a significant impact on planting trees and agriculture. This form of communication may play an important role in plant ecology and evolution. Further developments could include prototyping a device for monitoring the psychological conditions of plants that could be use in agriculture or forest planting.

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Honor Oak

R.i.c.h x Kamila Szymkiewicz

2019

 

Photography: Kamila Szymkiewicz

Clothes: R.i.c.h.

Styling: Kamila Szymkiewicz

Model: Richmond Katsande

Model: Aaron Baksh

Model: DJ Webb

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Digitisation of nature

How has digital age and technology impacted our perception and sensory experience of nature and environments.

2021

work in progress

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/test/

a walking website

T-shirt

2021

00:00 / 03:01

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A Different Type of Sensibility 

2019

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‘A Different Type of Sensibility’ is an unsettling sculptural installation consisting of a concrete object, a dim light bulb, 3 minute audio and upholstery foam sheets. The heavy, body-like object is placed in juxtaposition with soft upholstery foam sheets creating tension that is dictated by weight of the concrete. Both materials carry their vivid power as well as fragility. The grotesque object raises the question whether the body-like form is loving or cruel. Is it in a state of humanity or monstrosity? The thing about ‘A Different Type of Sensibility’ is that it never gets less disturbing, never loses the sense of a small but indelible psychic trauma. Pieces of plaster cast are spread on the floor acting as residue of process, trauma and human condition. The dim spherical light bulb hangs over the object and foams, changing the way we see the sculpture by revealing the bare minimum of form, shape and texture. Dim lightening generates experience for the viewer as well as space for the sculptural installation. ‘A Different Type of Sensibility’ is abstracted from timeline and narrative form, but repetitive, digital sound creates suspension of time within the space. The sound generates an illusion of harmony, but the tension-like feeling is created by increasing the noise level to the point it becomes distracting, this is to say it creates some sort of emotional stress. The sculptural installation is characterised by objects and materials’ fragile, temporary and transitory state, and the relationship between them and the space they occupy continues to be flexible and open. It's an experiment of matter and process, space and time.

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