Don’t Panic Magazine

By Jack Sharp
12 February 2012
Don’t Panic Magazine

We head along to Kinetica Art Fair, where science and robotics meets art, to meet a face-stealing robot.

Leif Maginnis’ work is also particularly captivating, and is based on the stroboscopic effect of fluorescent-coloured objects moving under ultraviolet strobe lights. In darkened room, Leif has arranged a number of rotating circular screens, each one fitted with two knobs. On the dart board-like screen, colours spin causing a strobe effect. Attendees turn the two knobs, thereby changing the speed of the rotation and brightness of the ultraviolet light. The purpose of the piece, as explained by Leif himself, is to hopefully evoke a state of trance in the viewer, much like watching a fire.



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