Kickended by Silvio Lorusso is online database artwork archiving the Kickstarted campaigns that got not even a single penny. This competitive aesthetics of failure has been able to attract the attention of major national newspapers (from the British “The Guardian” to the Italian “Corriere della Sera”).
Deep in the forest, something is subverting the natural order of nature. HC Gilje’s Wind-up Bird(s) is a flock of electronic / mechanical woodpeckers mounted high in the trees of Lillehammer forest, Norway. Each unit tapping out a sound like a real woodpecker. Networked through wireless modems, the units react to each other and encourage the ‘real life’ woodpeckers to join in. Wind-up Bird(s), was part of UT-21 polish norwegian art project, exploring the environment. The mechanical birds strip away our notion of birds to the strongest element that remains in our conciousness: their sound. How does the digital and the biological manage this relationship? The birds become a part of the acoustic community and within no time, there is dialogue between the two. The aim of UT-21 is to create ‘interventionist art’ that attempts to derail the natural flow of the environment. For a moment this happens with Wind-up Bird(s), but in no time at all nature has adapted more quickly than the machines.