Karina Smigla-Bobinski – “I am talking about a complex world.”

Karina Smigla-Bobinski standing next to her interactive video installation SIMULACRA, MoTA Museum of Transitory Art, Ljubljana, 2013.
Karina Smigla-Bobinski standing next to her interactive video installation SIMULACRA, MoTA Museum of Transitory Art, Ljubljana, 2013.

MORNING STAR (ill. 14), 2013 developed for the international exhibition “gast.freund.schaft – sculpture Europe” in Trier is surprising for its precise construction: the spherical sculpture consists of hundreds of arrows surrounding the “black hole” in a field of gravitation in the centre. The “shafts” (a pun on part of the German title) of the arrows link the deadly tips on one end of the arrow with the soft feathers on the other, two aspects of hospitality (“Gast.freund.schaft”“= guest.friend.ship or hospitality), that might be experienced in various attitudes both at home and abroad. The title of the work is equally ambivalent: it is not only another name for the planet Venus but was also a deadly war weapon in the Middle Ages.

The selection of works displayed here show that Karina Smigla-Bobinski is not fixed to any particular art form. Alongside classical room installations, she works with videos, stage shows, in specific situations and different places, with internet projects, installations in public spaces, and sound, not forgetting electronic and kinetic experiments. For her, technological and philosophical frames of reference are not ends in themselves but general means to present themes in an artistic manner. In 2013 she spoke about this in an interview with Ida Hirsenfelder: “For me the technical solutions are never only formal. […] When I use technical things, I like to use them in a very clear way. I need to use a simple language, because I am talking about a complex world.”

Since 2005 she has been teaching and giving guest lectures and workshops in universities and cultural organisations around the world. Since 2013 she has been a member of DiBari Innovation Design in Florida (USA), a design studio, in which architects, artists and designers can work together on visions of future cities. At the end of 2015 she will work as Artist in Residence in the centre for interdisciplinary research at the University of Bielefeld, where she will cooperate with academics from different disciplines all over the world to research the “ethics of copying” and the” genetic and social causes of life opportunities”. The results will be shown in an exhibition.

Axel Feuß

 

Sources:

The artist’s home page and an archive of images and texts: smigla-bobinski.comsmigla-bobinski.tumblr.comflickr.com/photos/66595551@N04.

Texts by:

  • Antje Schmelcher: Dinner for everyone, Die Welt; 1.8.2000
  • Tatjana Schönwälder-Kuntze, 2004
  • Cornelia Kleÿboldt, 2005
  • Sandra Luzina: Angst im Gepäck, Der Tagesspiegel,. 12.9.2006
  • Hanne Weskott, 2008
  • Thomas R. Huber, 2004; 2005; 2013; 2014
  • Mike Stubbs, 2013; an interview conducted by Ida Hirsenfelder, 2013
  • An interview by Catherine Wong, in: Oversize. The mega art and installations, Hong Kong 2013, as well as texts and information provided by the artist.
Mediathek
  • ADA, 2011

    An analogue interactive installation / kinetic sculpture / post-digital drawing machine, PVC balloon, charcoal, helium, Ø = 300 cm.
  • ROUTEN, 2002

    ROUTES, 2002. Single channel video.
  • DREAM JOURNEY, 2002

    DREAM JOURNEY, 2002. Single channel video, 25 mins. Copyright: Karina Smigla-Bobinski
  • WORMHOLE, 2008

    A video installation in a public space. Steel construction, glass, video, monitor, DVD player. Ø = 100 cm, H = 110 cm. Copyright: Karina Smigla-Bobinski.
  • SILVER SALT, 1999. Analogue interactive Installation.

    ill. 1a: SILVER SALT, 1999

    SILVER SALT, 1999. Analogue interactive Installation, photos, plexiglass, earth.
  • SILVER SALT, 1999. Analogue interactive Installation.

    ill. 1b: SILVER SALT, 1999

    SILVER SALT, 1999. Analogue interactive Installation, photos, plexiglass, earth.
  • EMERGING, 1999. Video installation in the floor.

    ill. 2a: EMERGING, 1999

    EMERGING, 1999. Video installation in the floor, ca. 30 x 40 cm.
  • EMERGING, 1999. Video installation in the floor.

    ill. 2b: EMERGING, 1999

    EMERGING, 1999. Video installation in the floor, ca. 30 x 40 cm.
  • DREAM JOURNEY, 2002. Single channel video, 25 mins.

    ill. 3: DREAM JOURNEY, 2002

    DREAM JOURNEY, 2002. Single channel video, 25 mins. Premiere 2002 (see video).
  • A CATWALK BANQUET, 2000. Video stage design for a dance performance.

    ill. 4: SEE AND BE SCENE, 2000

    A CATWALK BANQUET, 2000. Video stage design for a dance performance. Premiere: Haus der deutschen Wirtschaft, Berlin 2000.
  • ISLANDS, 2004. A light and slide installation.

    ill. 5: ISLANDS, 2004

    ISLANDS, 2004. A light and slide installation. Premiere: Olympic Park, Munich, 2004.
  • ALIAS, 2004. An interactive video installation.

    ill. 6: ALIAS, 2004

    ALIAS, 2004. An interactive video installation. Premiere: 2004 (Winner of the Bremen Promotion Prize for Video Art, 2003).
  • 7 METRES, 2005. A room installation. Wire mesh fence, barbed wire, clothing. 300 x 300 cm.

    ill. 7: 7 METRES, 2005

    7 METRES, 2005. A room installation. Wire mesh fence, barbed wire, clothing. 300 x 300 cm, Premiere: Galeria Edgar Neville, Valencia 2005.
  • RETURN TO SENDER, 2006. Video stage design for performance. Video, tents, stage screen, projector.

    ill. 8a: RETURN TO SENDER, 2006

    RETURN TO SENDER, 2006. Video stage design for performance. Video, tents, stage screen, projector. The Montpellier Dance Festival 2006.
  • RETURN TO SENDER, 2006. Video stage design for performance. Video, tents, stage screen, projector.

    ill. 8b: RETURN TO SENDER, 2006

    RETURN TO SENDER, 2006. Video stage design for performance. Video, tents, stage screen, projector. Premiere: the Montpellier Dance Festival 2006 (Detail).
  • DEEP TREE, 2008. A light installation in a public space. Living bamboos, mirror, maxi-slide.

    ill. 9a: DEEP TREE, 2008

    DEEP TREE, 2008. A light installation in a public space. Living bamboos, mirror, maxi-slide. Premiere at the City of Sculpture project in Mérida/Yucatán 2008.
  • DEEP TREE, 2008. A light installation in a public space. Living bamboos, mirror, maxi-slide.

    ill. 9b: DEEP TREE, 2008

    DEEP TREE, 2008. A light installation in a public space. Living bamboos, mirror, maxi-slide. Premiere at the City of Sculpture project in Mérida/Yucatán 2008 (Detail).
  • QUERY, 2009. An on-site, online art project. PVC balloon, helium, Ø = 200 cm high = 400 cm.

    ill. 10a: QUERY, 2009

    QUERY, 2009. An on-site, online art project. PVC balloon, helium, Ø = 200 cm high = 400 cm. Premiere: St. Luke’s Church, Munich 2009.
  • QUERY, 2009. An on-site, online art project. St. Luke’s Church, Munich 2009.

    ill. 10b: QUERY, 2009

    QUERY, 2009. An on-site, online art project. St. Luke’s Church, Munich 2009.
  • QUERY, 2009. An on-site, online art project, 2009.

    ill. 10c: QUERY, 2009

    QUERY, 2009. An on-site, online art project, 2009.
  • ADA, 2011. Analogue interactive installation / kinetic sculpture / post-digital drawing machine, PVC balloon, charcoal, helium, Ø = 300 cm.

    ill. 11a: ADA, 2011

    ADA, 2011. Analogue interactive installation / kinetic sculpture / post-digital drawing machine, PVC balloon, charcoal, helium, Ø = 300 cm.
  • ADA, 2011. Analogue interactive installation / kinetic sculpture / post-digital drawing machine, PVC balloon, charcoal, helium, Ø = 300 cm.

    ill. 11b: ADA, 2011

    ADA, 2011. Analogue interactive installation / kinetic sculpture / post-digital drawing machine, PVC balloon, charcoal, helium, Ø = 300 cm.
  • SIMULACRA, 2013. An interactive video installation.

    ill. 12a: SIMULACRA, 2013

    SIMULACRA, 2013. An interactive video installation.
  • SIMULACRA, 2013. An interactive video installation (Detail).

    ill. 12b: SIMULACRA, 2013

    SIMULACRA, 2013. An interactive video installation (Detail).
  • SIMULACRA, 2013. An interactive video installation (Detail).

    ill. 12c. SIMULACRA, 2013

    SIMULACRA, 2013. An interactive video installation (Detail).
  • CONE, 2013. A sound installation.

    ill. 13: CONE, 2013

    CONE, 2013. A sound installation.Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Centre, Istanbul 2013.
  • MORNING STAR, 2013. A sculptural installation made out of arrows.

    ill. 14: MORNING STAR, 2013

    MORNING STAR, 2013. A sculptural installation made out of arrows, Ø = 200 cm.