Week 10: Conceptual Kinetics and its Impact

As the quarter comes to a close, I like to thank everyone who has read my blog posts. It has been a great ten weeks and I hope that you all enjoyed what others have written. I certainly enjoyed this class and learned a lot. But before I say good-bye, I would like to post one more topic that I have a huge interest in, conceptual kinetics.

In the last few decades, as the advancement of technology and information is developing at a rapid pace, artists are slowly beginning to use these technology and information in their own artwork. , many contemporary artists have actively turned to conceptual kinetic. One artist that explain this idea really well is Alan Rath.

Known as one of the first artists to create tapeless digital video in which image sequences were drawn directly from chip memory, Alan Rath was an artist that was interested in the field of electronic art (Wilson 394). Rath’s sculptures would incorporate electronic devices that society uses today such as video screens, speakers, and microprocessors and many of his viewers would critique his work to be humorous, ironic, beautiful, and playful (Wilson 395). Info Glut II is a 50 x 50 x 18 conceptual kinetic sculpture that uses American Sign Language to communicate to the viewers randomized catch phrases. Additionally, the title of the sculpture, date of the work, the artist’s height, weight, and hair color was also presented in this way.


Above is a picture of what Info Glut II looks like. What made Info Glut II an extraordinary and fun sculpture is that it tackles the concerns of society’s usage of technology. Rath identified during the late 20th century that with technology becoming more prevalent in society, human beings are afraid of moving away from the status quo. What I mean by this is that society is used to finding information from libraries and books. But with technology, the world of information is right at one’s hand but people weren’t used to it. Another concern that Rath observed was that society wasn’t utilizing these advanced technology to their advantage in obtaining massive amount of information.

That was in 1997, but Info Glut II said a lot about our change in society. Back then, society was afraid of this new modern form of art and technology but now, we see teenagers and adults being accustom to their technological devices. However, even though we have such power in our hands, we don’t necessarily use it to our full advantage.

This video shows what society has become with the usage of technological devices such as smartphones. There’s no denying that a lot of us use our phones to text, send pictures through instagram, and browse facebook and twitter. Now, I’m not saying that this is a bad thing since we can access social media from anywhere. I’m just reiterating that we can use our phones for better things, such as surf the interweb to learn more information. The power of reading about the news and current events are right in our hands but we choose not to.

And when we are so indulge into our phones and other technologies, we bring more harm than benefits to ourselves and society. Now, to not waver away from the real message, we live in a technological age where information is right at our hands. The challenge is being able to prioritize it and bring out its benefits.

Here’s a video of what can become in the future if we choose to research and investigate more into technology. Surgeons can learn and possibly begin to utilize robotic surgeons, which helps with sanitation during surgeries. These information on creating such technology is out there and we can access them. We can improve on the quality of many lives but it all starts with using technology to its fullest potential in obtaining the information that we want.

This blog ran a bit longer than usual but I saved the best for last. Thank you again for reading and staying updated with our blogs.

~Kevin Trieu-Nguyen



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